NYC Mayor Bloomberg Wants to Ban Plastic-Foam Food Packaging. Should We?

Is it time to squash the Styrofoam?

In addition to bans on trans fats, smoking in public places and jumbo sodas, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to enact a city-wide ban on plastic-foam food packaging used in takeout boxes, cups and trays, reports Patch. The ban would affect restaurants, bodegas and public schools, if passed.

There is no such ban in the City of Chicago, though the measure was proposed and failed a few years ago. Several environmental and activist groups, like No Foam Chicago, are still pushing for it.

Mayor Bloomberg made the case for New York in his final State of the City address on Thursday. In his speech, the mayor compared the dangers of such packaging materials to lead paint and warned of its environmental impact, reported Yahoo! News.

"Something that we know is environmentally destructive and that may be hazardous to our health, that is costing taxpayers money and that we can easily do without, and is something that should go the way of lead paint," Bloomberg said. "We can live without it, we may live longer without it, and the doggie bag and the coffee cup will survive just fine."

Small businesses are saying such a ban would put an unfair burden on them, reported Patch.

In 2011, the City of Highland Park began a polystyrene foam recycling program in partnership with SWALCO, according to Patch.

More people are also recycling those pesky packaging peanuts. To find a drop-off center, visit the Plastic Loose Fill Council at www.loosefillpackaging.com.

Tell Us: Should there be a ban on plastic-foam food packaging? Should there be more of an effort to recycle?

Charle's, if You want, throw some old, used batteries in as well. Much cheaper then crossing the border for fireworks and It's fun to guess where they go:) your comment made my night!
Charles February 16, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I'll have to remember that about the batteries Moe, thanks for the tip!
Jack Straw February 17, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Another fun thing to burn is the bags of unused fertilizer and weed killer’s awesome colors. P.S I would not stand down wind though.
Charles February 17, 2013 at 03:02 PM
This is a lot of fun when my annoying neighbors are outside having a cookout with their kids. I always try to invite them over to roast weenies and marshmellows when I have those colorful fires. Ah.... neighborly love... Can't say I don't try.
Nightcrawler February 17, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Even better is to save up your unused fertilizer until you have a full truckload, then park it in front of government building and light the fuse. That's the way they teach it in the Michigan militias.


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