"For millions of New Yorkers polystyrene products deliver their first cup of coffee and their evening meal, because the products are safe, versatile, and inexpensive," said Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State. "The Business Council believes that a bans on the product is unjustified and will adversely affect not only those who use the products daily but also the many others whom produce polystyrene products.""The state's economy is influenced very heavily by what happens in New York City and this ban will have a direct effect on suppliers, wholesalers and retailers far beyond the city limits," said NFIB/NY State Director Mike Durant. "Small businesses, including those in New York City, should not be force-fed additional government imposed mandates that further stifle our economy." Manufacturer's Association of Central New York (MACNY) President Randy Wolken stated, "While we appreciate Mayor Bloomberg's concern for promoting an environmentally-conscience city, an outright ban on polystyrene foam is not the way to do so. A ban of polystyrene foam is going to have an adverse effect on the economy immediately, to include putting hundreds of Upstate manufacturing jobs at risk. Instead we urge Mayor Bloomberg to implementation recycling of this environmentally friendly and recycle-friendly product, and in turn allow family-supporting jobs to remain in New York State and continue to support our State's economy." Polystyrene foam can be recycled and recycling programs exist in 65 cities across the country – including Los Angeles. "We are calling on the Mayor to explore the possibility of recycling this foam as an alternative to an outright ban," they wrote. "Reducing waste and increasing recycling are laudable goals, but the truth is, this ban will not accomplish those objectives, and will harm a great many hard-working New Yorkers.