The Yarmouth Recycling And Solid Waste Committee (RASWAC) recently made a presentation to the Board of Selectmen encouraging them to regulate the use of expanded polystyrene (commonly referred to as Styrofoam) food containers in the town by food establishments. The proposed bylaw would help to protect the town's residents and visitors from the negative health impacts to humans, protect our natural environment and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills. We are conducting this survey in order to gauge the impact upon our business community.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to answer this short questionnaire.

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* 1. Does your business currently use polystyrene/Styrofoamâ„¢ or other alternatives such as recyclable,
compostable or reusable food or drink containers? Please select all that apply.

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* 2. If using polystyrene or Styrofoamâ„¢, what are your main reasons for using these products for food or drink
containers?

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* 3. If using other alternatives, what was your main reason for switching to another product? Please select all that apply.

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* 4. What was the approximate percentage increase in total operating costs associated with switching?

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* 5. Has the change had any positive or negative effects on your business?

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* 6. Does your business use recyclable, compostable or reusable food service ware (utensils, cup lids, straws)?

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* 7. If no to Question 6, what are your main reasons for using non-recyclable, non-compostable or reusable food service ware?   Please check all that apply.

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* 8. If yes to Question 6, what was your main reason for switching to recyclable, compostable or reusable food service ware? Please check all that apply.

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* 9. If yes to Question 6, what was the approximate percentage increase in total operating costs associated with switching?

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* 10. What concerns would you have should the proposed bylaw be passed prohibiting the use of polystyrene or Styrofoam for food or drink containers?

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