AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Amherst has become the state's third community to ban restaurants from using Styrofoam containers, and the decision could have a big impact on dozens of businesses.
Of the 90 restaurants located in Amherst, 30 use Styrofoam, and will need to make the changes necessary to comply with this bylaw.
Amherst Town Meeting members approved the Styrofoam ban on Monday night. Chamber of Commerce Director Tony Maroulis told 22News that businesses have until January of 2014 to complete the transition to cardboard or paper alternatives.
Overall, Maroulis says the change should not be devastating to many, because the volume is small.
Yet restaurants like Wings Over Amherst and Dunkin' Donuts will have to replace large volumes of Styrofoam packaging.
Liz Mazzei of Northampton said she doesn't think that the ban will be that much of a problem in town. "I don't see it (Styrofoam) that often, other than places like The Hangar," she said.
Still, Paula Barrows of Pelham anticipates that there will be some difficulties.
"I think it's going to be difficult for places like Dunkin Donuts and those places that are national chains, because they are more uniform in what they use," she said.
The bylaw was scheduled to take effect this coming July. Maroulis says the extension will give them time to spread the word.