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Opponents and supporters attempt to sway official on Styrofoam ban

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Styrofoam containers from fast food giants in Albany could be a thing of the past after a law was passed in November.

Chris Higgins, one of the sponsors of the bill, along with dozens of others, urged Albany County Executive Dan McCoy to sign the bill into law Monday night.

Higgins said, "[Styrofoam] goes into our streams, additional tonnage in our landfills."

The law would ban Styrofoam containers at chain restaurants in the county. The proposal has already been voted in favor by county legislatures, but businesses said the ban would affect them negatively.

"I'm green," McCoy explained. "We have a team green in place, but we have to look at the law."

Genpak, a company which manufacturers foam products, had its employees and representatives urge McCoy to veto the bill. The Glens Falls-based business said the bill could impact their production and in turn, their employees.

Chain restaurants in the area that would be directly impacted by the ban are already making provisions. Dunkin Donuts released a statement saying, "we hope to roll out an alternative cup within 2-3 years."

McCoy said he is still undecided despite hearing both sides.

"I have to look at the business aspect; make sure the law applies equally," he said.

Jeff Cole is a Genpak employee.

"We hope he vetoes it," he said. "It'll affect about 250 jobs."

McCoy has ten days to decide whether he will veto the proposal or sign it into law.   

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