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Gray Pushes Ban On Styrofoam Containers

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wants to ban styrofoam food containers.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Gray said that the goal is to get styrofoam food containers out of D.C.'s rivers and waterways. The styrofoam ban is part of a larger package of 11 environmental measures that Gray wants the D.C. Council to approve.

"We knew there would be some elements of it that were controversial, undoubtably this will be one. But if we really want to clean up the environment and keep it clean we are going to have to make these types of decision, and we are probably going to get some pushback for some to these things," he said.

In 2010 D.C. passed a law mandating that retailers charge five cents for every plastic bag they give to customers. The law was aimed at cutting down on the number of bags in the Anacostia River or using the revenue from the purchase of bags to fund its cleanup.

If approved, the styrofoam ban would prohibit restaurants and fast food places from using styrofoam for carry out purposes.

Gray says the ban wouldn't kick in until 2018.

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