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Big Win for Planet Earth, New York City Bans Styrofoam

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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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  • ts8181

    What a joke! Only the left wing tree huggers would come up with something like this. That God Bloombutt is leaving!!!

    • Maleficent

      Only people who care about the planet would come up with something like this. People like you are the joke.

    • penny

      Do you find something offensive about banning styrofoam? It’s not like your restaurant takeout can’t be put in something else. And when those alternatives exist, why use something that harms the environment?

    • Cares.

      NO. People like you are not a “joke” as someone retorted, though I agree with the rest of what they said about your comment. People like you are ignorant, disconnected, and causing the most harm to this planet as a result. Try finding the courage to care ts8181. Believe it or not there are those of us who would like to know that future generations have an opportunity to enjoy their time on this planet without baring the brunt of an endlessly escalating ecological holocaust. Which is exactly the direction it will continue to go unless more good-hearted people, like YOU, and I, start to find the courage to wake up and do something about it.

  • Jack

    Expect that you libs are too stupid to realize that you are cheering to ban something you have never used! There are NO Styrofoam plates or cups! Further proof that liberalism is a disease that results in deranged irrational behavior. Moron! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/18/you-have-never-actually-used-a-styrofoam-cup-plate-or-takeout-box/

  • Drew

    I love Bloomberg. He just makes it happen. He reminds me of Geiseric in The Keepers: World War Three. Not quite as intense of course, but is determined and a perfect mix of so called liberal and conservative. Although, in my opinion, environmentalism should be labeled as conservative. It’s neo conservatives who, as the book says, are neither representative of the left nor right of the people, but merely represent corporations.

  • marieL

    There are amazing products that are great alternatives to styrofoam that actually save a business money. For restaurants, cafeterias and grocery salad bars: Start an
    exchange program with your regular customers (http://www.sunsugarfarms.com/products/carryout-cresbi) – many colleges and hospitals across the country already have to go box exchanges.
    an answer for the rest of us who feel guilty throwing ANYTHING away, ban or no
    ban: start carrying your own to go box when you go out (http://www.sunsugarfarms.com/products/reusable-to-go-box). Its not that hard and it’s actually more old-fashioned than tree-huggerish.

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