"If I had an option, I'd bring my own containers or get it served on something else, but this is all they give you," said Pena, who bought lunch served in a plastic foam container from a Manhattan food cart. "I know it's bad for the environment. I know you can't recycle it."
Fish Yu, a part-time manager of the popular Chinese restaurant Ollie's on 42nd Street, said his restaurant uses at least 150 plastic foam containers a day.
He said being forced to use alternatives to plastic foam would likely be more expensive.
"If they say so, we'll have to charge it to the customers," he said.
Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz in New York and Manuel Valdes in Seattle contributed to this report.
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