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Styrofoam ban gets support in Cayuga County from environmental group

The Cayuga County Legislature this week will hold the second of two public hearings to discuss a proposed law that would ban single-use Styrofoam in food service.

The local “Food Service Waste Reduction Act” was drafted after Legislature Chair Tucker Whitman received 47 letters calling for the ban. It will be effective Jan. 1 if the lLegislature passes the law after a public hearing set for Thursday, Dec. 12.

The draft of the law eliminates the use of “all bowls, plates, cartons, cups, other containers, trays or other items designed for one time use” by all food establishments, including chain restaurants, in the county. The full draft can be found in the legislature’s October agenda.

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