August 24, 2013

Dunkin' Donuts tries new paper cup

The new cups are being tested in communities such as Freeport that have banned polystyrene.

By Randy Billings
Staff Writer

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New paper cups being used at Dunkin’ Donuts in Freeport and Brookline, Mass., have two paper walls with an air chamber between them.

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Ecomaine manager John Morin says the Portland waste management company would be able to recycle the new Dunkin’ Donuts cup, despite a thin coating on the inside.

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In June, LePage and other opponents of the ban sent a letter to the Portland City Council saying the proposal is an example of "nanny-state" overregulation.

Co-signers include two conservative advocacy groups, the Maine Heritage Policy Center and the Washington, D.C.-based Cost of Government Center, which is affiliated with anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform.

The Maine Restaurant Association, the Maine Innkeepers Association and the Maine Course Hospitality Group also signed the letter, which describes the proposed ban as a "reckless measure" that would add costs for local businesses and "kill jobs."

"Nanny-state European-style bans are not the best course of action given the financial impact and lack of scientific evidence used by environmentalists with a political agenda," the letter says.

A city task force voted 9-6 in favor of recommending a ban on polystyrene, because it is a common form of litter that does not biodegrade and, environmentalists say, often finds its way into waterways where it is consumed by wildlife.

The Cost of Government Center recently launched a "Cleaner Portland" website, which makes it easy for people to contact city councilors by providing a form letter in opposition to the proposed ban.

Brennan said Friday that he has not received a large number of calls, emails or letters in opposition to the ban. 

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