New York City Bans Styrofoam

It has been on the books “subject to” since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the idea approved by the City Council in December 2013, but current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking the issue to the next step and implementing a citywide ban on polystyrene foam effective July 1, 2015. The ban,…

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What’s Brewing: New Green Laws, Wage Theft Lawsuits, Mandatory Sick Leave

While you’ve been busy running your franchise and serving your customers, legislators, lawyers and union activists have busy doing what they do best—agitating non-issues into confrontations, passing new laws, formulating new regulations and filing new lawsuits. And, more often than not, these new rules and regulations are threatening to change how franchise owners run their…

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Styrofoam Bans Back in The News

Portland Maine, which has been debating and deliberating since last September a ban on polystyrene foam for beverage cups and food containers adopted the ordinance earlier this week by a 6 – 3 vote.  The council action came after what was described as two hours of impassioned debate and sharply divided testimony on Monday evening. The…

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NYC Council Adopts Polystyrene Foam Ban

Subject to the proverbial “study”, the New York City Council last week passed an ordinance setting up the likely ban of polystyrene foam throughout the nation’s largest city.  The bill allows lawmakers to ban styrofoam if the Sanitation Department finds after a year-long study that it can’t be recycled effectively.  The objectivity of the study…

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What’s Brewing: Bans, Minimum Wage Walkout, Fair Franchising

As if the daily tasks of running your Dunkin’ Donuts aren’t enough to keep you busier than busy, ever-changing laws and regulations can add more stress to your days. From attempted bans on soda products and successful bans on foam cups to calls for increased minimum wage and fees on worker immigration programs, it pays…

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Independent Joe: October 2013

When Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno walked to the podium at Caesar’s Atlantic City last month, she knew she was facing a friendly room. She has an appreciation for Dunkin’ franchisees—as small business owners who create jobs and pay taxes. And, in a state that is still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, she views them as beacons in the storm. She said thank you because, in her words, “Dunkin’ Donuts saved lives after Sandy.”

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DC Next To Tee Up Styrofoam Ban

In the wake of California banning polystyrene cups and food containers, we saw a number of cities follow suit: Seattle Washington, Amherst and Brookline in Massachusetts, then Portland Maine considered it but ultimately withdrew the proposal and a host of other cities have been considering a ban.  Now, the nation’s capital has teed up the…

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Paper Cup Trials

Dunkin’ is not the only QSR looking to develop a paper cup to replace foam cups for hot beverages.  Bloomberg reports that McDonalds plans to convert its hot beverage cups from polystyrene to paper over the next several years.

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Speaking of the ban of polystyrene

A number of towns in Maine have banned the cup as well and this week, a newspaper in Maine reported on the paper cup replacement that Dunkin’ has developed for those communities where Dunkin’s iconic foam cup is banned.  The Kennebec Journal story is here.

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