BANGOR – On Tuesday, City Councilors held a workshop to discuss a Styrofoam ban in the city.
Councilors heard public comment on a proposed ordinance that would ban polystyrene, better known as Stroyfoam, containers from being used by any retail food vendor.
“There’s a number of different issues. If we’re spending money to invest in a new way to dispose of our waste, we should be making sure it’s the most efficient” City Council Chair Sarah Nichols said.
If the ordinance were to pass, the city’s solicitor Norm Heitmann says Bangor would be joining eight other cities and towns with similar bans.
Most of the people who spoke at Tuesday night’s workshop were in support of the ban, but others had questions about the proposal.
“I don’t doubt the merits or intents,” Councilor Ben Sprague said. “I just don’t like doing these things as a ‘one-off’ community because I think it creates imbalance between neighboring communities.”
Another concern expressed was the timing of the ordinance.
Right now, lawmakers in Augusta are discussing a similar ban that would be statewide.
“I think much of the discussion in the future will be about timing,” Heitmann said. “Whether to have a ban prior to the state taking any action, and if so, when the effective date of that would be, so I think that would be the primary focus of any future discussion.”
The City Council unanimously agreed to discuss this at a workshop with all members present.