Vote expected on proposal banning certain takeout container materials in St. Paul

March 06, 2019 05:57 AM

Wednesday, St. Paul city leaders are expected to vote on banning plastic and styrofoam to-go containers.

The proposal has been at the center of a months-long debate.

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Many say it comes down to the cost for small business owners and how expensive it would be to switch to other to-go products.

Some restaurant owners are speaking out and hoping the city will consider other options before the vote.

"It is unfortunate that restaurateurs are some of the family-run, small businesses of St. Paul (and) are targeted with this," Pat Mancini, owner of Mancini's Char House, said. "We don't start with the top with the biggest companies that really need to do recycling."

The proposal would ban restaurants in the city from using non-recyclable takeout materials, including some plastics and styrofoam. City officials said new containers are more environmentally friendly.

Not everyone is against the ban. There are a list of organizations in favor of the proposal, including the Sierra Club, which have sent letters to the city demonstrating their support.

Minneapolis and other cities have already passed similar ordinances.

If the measure is approved, it would take effect on Jan. 21, 2020.

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