New York ban sees Dunkin' Donuts put lid on styrofoam coffee cups

Dunkin donuts' stryfoam cup

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Coffee super-chain Dunkin' Donuts is putting a lid on its trademark styrofoam coffee cups as part of New York’s new ban on eco-unfriendly material.

All of the company's 536 shops throughout the five boroughs of the city will comply with the ban, which Mayor de Blasio announced yesterday, reports the New York Daily News.

Dunkin’ Donuts says it is currently testing new types of cups for its famous java, including a “double-walled paper cup” explained Michelle King Sr, the chain's public relations director. “Plastic containers are more expensive,” he said.

The ban comes into effect in July.

Dunkin’ manager Taslima Khatun, 24, has worked at a Midtown West branch for three years, and thinks that the styrofoam cops are the best. “Two hours, three hours, it’s still hot,” she said. “It's very good.”

She said customers agree with her.

And there is also the fear that the ban will lead to a rise in price to the consumer. June Cai, 27, who owns New Li Yuan Restaurant and Bakery in Midtown, said the ban will likely force him to raise prices.

De Blasio says the ban is necessary to help the environment. “These products ... have no place in New York City. We have better options, better alternatives,” said the Mayor.

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