Four Moscow High School students want their cafeteria to outlaw the use the foam cups that destroy the Earth's ozone layer.
And the next target appears to be the local "golden arches" at the Moscow McDonald's.Scientists say chloroflourocarbons in the foam cups and food containers draw ozone from the atmosphere, destroying the ozone layer and increasing the instances of skin cancer.
"We decided the schools would be a good place to start," student Liza Williams said. "It's time people became more aware of this problem."
Williams, Kate Wray, Bea Wallins and Amy Bollinger, all 15 years old, believe it is worth the extra $500 annually the district would have to spend to switch to paper cups, plates and trays.
"If we can't change it to paper then we want to limit plastic foam use in the cafeterias," Wray said.
The students also recently approached the McDonald's restaurant about digging through its garbage cans for foam containers, which would be recycled and made into insulation products.
But John Mills, owner of the Moscow franchise, dislikes the idea. "I just didn't want it to get started and not get finished," he said.
Besides, he said, McDonald's changed its foam containers a few months ago, and the new serving dishes do not emit chloroflourocarbons, or CFCs, when produced.