Regarding the article “Portland businesses make plans to comply with bag fee, foam ban” on Page 1 of the June 18 Portland Press Herald:

Based on the information provided by Steve Goodman of Goodman Wiper and Paper, the current cost of polystyrene containers is 10 cents each, while that of wheat straw/sugar cane containers is 21.7 cents, an increase of less than 12 cents per container.

So why would a business need to raise meal prices by 50 to 75 cents to “cover the higher cost of biodegradable containers”?

Bill Karl

Portland