New York’s City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of Styrofoam, making them the largest city in the United States to adopt the ban.
Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign the bill into law before leaving office at the end of the year. In a statement, Bloomberg said, “Foam pollutes the waste stream, making it harder to recycle food waste as well as metal glass and plastic.” Statistics show that New Yorkers throw away 23,000 tons of Styrofoam in a year.
“Most foam ends up in landfills where it can sit for literally 500 years or longer,” said Speaker Christine Quinn. “The only thing in the world that lives longer than cockroaches or Cher is styrofoam.”
The ban will take effect in one year, unless someone can prove that Styrofoam is recyclable, which doesn’t seem likely to happen.
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