Earlier this week, restaurant owners in New York City spoke out against a bill to ban the sale of polystyrene foam foodservice at a public hearing at City Hall.

Introduced and supported by the Bloomberg Administration earlier this year, the bill has received objections from the American Chemistry Council, businesses, unions and community leaders because of costs to restaurant owners, according to a news release.

"This bill will have serious implications not only for New York City small businesses, but upstate New York manufacturers," said Mike Durant, New York State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business. "Product bans imposed absent solid scientific backing like this are threatening the viability of small businesses within the City and across New York. The very fact that New York City is looking to threaten thousands of jobs and small businesses is alarming."

At the hearings, business owners spoke about the potential for increased costs and reduced bottom lines if the council moves forward on the proposed ban.

"Polystyrene foam is the best option for my business because it keeps my food fresh and at the same time, it allows me to charge a fair price," said Jimmy Moncion, owner of Nelson Paella Restaurant in Brooklyn. "The cheapest alternative is much more expensive than polystyrene foam — plus, they don't work as well for my customers. If this ban goes through, it will mean cutting workers so that I can keep my doors open."

More than 2,000 NYC-based small businesses have written to their City Council representatives to express disapproval of the ban.

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