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FREEPORT, Maine -- Shaw's Supermarkets is asking the town of Freeport to change its 14-year-old ordinance prohibiting plastic foam packaging at retail stores.
East Bridgewater, Mass.-based Shaw's, which is planning to open a new store in Freeport next fall, says the ordinance hampers the supermarket chain's ability to package meat products safely.
Freeport adopted its anti-plastic foam ordinance in 1989 after a group of children raised concerns about the material's negative impact on the environment.
The group's initial target was McDonald's and the Styrofoam containers it used to package its foods. The town council has the final say on the matter.