BANGOR- Since the start of the new year — Bangor has banned polystyrene foam containers, with some exceptions.
But any exceptions may soon disappear.
Beginning on January 1st, the sale of food and beverages in styrofoam containers was prohibited in Bangor.
Currently, hospitals are exempt from that rule — but Bangor City Council members are considering changing that.
“We had a councilor who asked a question about why those exemptions are in place. So we did a little bit of research, got some information about why those were put into place and it sounds like some members of the council are looking to remove those exemptions,” Bangor City Solicitor Paul Nicklas said.
He said when city officials wrote the ban, they decided to exclude hospitals because of a similar statewide ban that will also exempt them when it takes effect in 2021.
On Wednesday, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Communications and Marketing Director Tricia Denham said she was not able to immediately comment on any specific changes the city is considering making.
But she did say “Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has reduced the amount of polystyrene we use at our facility and taken on additional environmentally-friendly initiatives on our food services area.”
Nicklas said any potential changes made by the Bangor City Council would be done in the next few months.
“We’re just in the beginning of that process, they’ve expressed some interest in potentially making some of those changes, the way that change would actually happen would be through a formal process of doing a council ordinance and proceeding in that fashion,” he said.
No city councilors could be reached for comment.