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Mayor Bloomberg To Announce Styrofoam Ban As Part Of Green Push For NYC
The Consumerist ^ | 02/14/2013 | Mary Beth Quirk

Posted on 02/14/2013 12:57:17 PM PST by SeekAndFind

We all saw it coming and now it’s happening — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going to announce an official ban on styrofoam containers in his State of the City address today. Just to clarify once again, uppercase Styrofam is a trademarked product used in insulation, while what we all know as styrofoam is really extruded polystyrene. Moving on!

The ban on styrofoam is part of a larger program the mayor has planned for his last year in office, which will also include more recycling, a curbside food-composting pilot program and more electric vehicles cruising the city streets.

His office released a few portions of his speech ahead of time where it’s clear his focus is on improving the city’s environment. This, after pushing through initiatives like a ban on large, sugary drinks to improve the public health.

There will be a new requirement for 20% of all new public parking spaces to include spots to charge electric vehicles, reports Bloomberg News, which would mean 10,000 new spots in the next seven years after the City Council approves it.

And for those residents who are sick of having a large plastic bin full of food waste in their refrigerator that their roommate hasn’t hauled to the compost drop-off spot in months (ahem), a new program to begin collecting compost would kick off in State Island and go citywide if it works out.

And then there’s the styrofoam, that ubiquitous white substances that cradles hot deli delights and cups full of street cart coffee alike.

“One product that is virtually impossible to recycle and never bio-degrades is styrofoam,” Bloomberg is planning on saying. “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.”

That plastic foam makes up about 20,000 tons of the city’s waste each year, said the mayor’s office. A ban would need to be approved by the City Council and if it goes through, will join similar actions taken in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Things are getting very West Coast around here, eh?

In addition, Bloomberg wants to double the city’s recycling rate to 30% by 2017 by doubling the 2,000 containers that the public uses to sort its waste. A new recycling plant will also open in Brooklyn to accept plastic that wasn’t able to be recycled before like salad containers and yogurt cups.

It remains to be seen how restaurants and other food establishments will take the styrofoam ban, but if it costs more to use more environmentally-friendly containers, we’re sure it won’t be a pleasant reaction.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bloomberg; chemicals; environmentalism; greens; moronwithmegaphone; nannystate; nyc; styrofoam
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To: SeekAndFind; GrandJediMasterYoda

Don’t forget, all the “doggie bags” are put in styrofoam containers!


21 posted on 02/14/2013 1:40:00 PM PST by jimmyo57
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RE: all the “doggie bags” are put in styrofoam containers!

These will be banned...


And since NYC government is unpredictable, I don't know if this will be banned as well...

22 posted on 02/14/2013 1:51:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: All

Donald Trump should run for Mayor of NYC and give these control freaks a reality check.


23 posted on 02/14/2013 1:55:56 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("Lean Forward" = "Bend Over")
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To: SeekAndFind

This guy is a total idiot. He says it adds $20 to the cost of recycling per ton because they have to remove it from the recycling stream. Hey, here’s an idea - don’t mess with the reycling part of it.


24 posted on 02/14/2013 2:02:55 PM PST by Girlene (HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY)
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To: Fresh Wind

Let me guess, the businesses that are building new parking lots.

On a related note, where will the electricity be generated for said chargers. Let me guess, not solar or wind, but the eeeeevil Indian Point.


25 posted on 02/14/2013 2:12:05 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

I’m surprised Bloomturd hasn’t insisted that the name be changed to “Native American Point”.


26 posted on 02/14/2013 2:22:31 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: matt04

RE: eeeeevil Indian Point.

There’s a serious push to close this Nuclear Power Plant.

Problem: It supplies nearly a quarter of NYC’s power. They have not even come close to identifying a feasible replacement.


27 posted on 02/14/2013 2:42:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Fresh Wind

‘And exactly who is going to pay for the electricity?’

And exactly who is going to use the parking spaces?


28 posted on 02/14/2013 2:43:42 PM PST by Delta Dawn
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To: cripplecreek

29 posted on 02/14/2013 2:47:19 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

...a curbside food-composting pilot program...

The rats are going to love that!

The city already smells, this will make it worse...


30 posted on 02/14/2013 2:51:27 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Fresh Wind
20% of the spaces for .001% of the cars... Brilliant!!!
31 posted on 02/14/2013 3:05:53 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

They are banning drink and medicine coolers? Picnickers will be arrested? Fined? Have cops come and grab their hot cups and coolers? Has Yogi Bear been enlisted for this?


32 posted on 02/14/2013 3:07:34 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sounds like somebodies office ought to be covered in it..

33 posted on 02/14/2013 3:10:29 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: SeekAndFind

He has also outlawed dog-sh*t in the streets and sidewalks. From now on all owners are to send their dog-sh*t in a box to Gracie Mansion so Dumberg will have something to eat.


34 posted on 02/14/2013 3:11:28 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank you, God, for not letting me be born a New Yorker.


35 posted on 02/14/2013 4:10:55 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: SeekAndFind

In his youth, Bloomturd wore a styrofoam cup when he played ice hockey. That is why he is now suffering from extreme brain damage.

How else can you explain his lunacy?


36 posted on 02/14/2013 4:13:28 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: SeekAndFind
Idiot Bloomturd. Styrofoam cups and boxes are the only way people who work outside in this city can get a hot meal in the winter. Go to any construction site and every guy has the foam keeping their steaming food warm.

The ‘turd is so out of touch with working people...

37 posted on 02/14/2013 4:47:17 PM PST by varyouga
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t know who owns Indian Point, however the owners of Vermont Yankee successfully sued the State whey they tried to shut it down recently. VT Yankee supplies somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 of the power for VT.


38 posted on 02/14/2013 9:20:57 PM PST by matt04
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