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Would You Support a Plastic-Foam Container Ban?

New York's Mayor said outlawing the packaging would curtail an annual waste stream of about 20,000 tons of plastic foam.

In his final State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a citywide ban on plastic-foam food packaging, which environmentalists have derided for years.

If the mayor gets his way, New York would become the first east coast city to implement the ban, which already exists on various levels in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.

A restaurant owner who spoke to a Patch staffer in Brooklyn argued that the ban would hurt the economy, though many others also support the ban.

Our question: Should the ban exist statewide? Let us know in comments.

Carol Anthony February 16, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Polystyrene, aka Styrofoam is reportedly the 5th largest producer of toxic waste. What are the other four, and are they not an issue in the Mayor's eco-friendly push? No one is against making the environment safer and cleaner for everyone. But other consumer products that are not being banned pose an equal or greater threat to consumers as well as the environment. The Mayor's "Ban of the Month" approach is bullyish and simplistic. Why not provide an easily accessible, cost-effective alternative that is fair to ALL businesses first, then implement a phased compliance plan to eliminate use of the toxic product.
K. February 16, 2013 at 09:39 PM
I do not believe that the Polystyrene itself is very toxic when placed into the environment; the toxicity issues arise in its manufacture and during incorrect incineration techniques. Polystyrene buried in a landfill may take up space, but away from sunlight and ozone, it takes "forever" to degrade and release anything. Banning it in one municipality is another example of doing something that makes people "feel good" rather than making any real sense. All of these "symbolic gestures" add up to a lot of inconvenience and cost for people with no reality-based benefits.
Sarah February 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM
It should absolutely be banned. Along with all sorts of other wasteful overpackaging. I still can't believe Brookhaven just got around to making everyone put their grass/leaves in paper lawn bags. It made me crazy to see hundreds and hundreds of black plastic trash bags around the neighborhoods filled with perfectly natural biodegradable waste inside. But I digress... frankly, people should take the initiative and not buy things with foam packaging (or use plastic trash bags for leaves) just on principle. Why do we have to wait until it becomes law before we do the right thing?
m February 17, 2013 at 02:31 PM
I look forward to the day when putting aside our selfish environmental damaging ways is no longer an issue.
Rose February 18, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Absolutely, as a person who is trying to get away from plastic containers,and all moldable plastics,I think it would be much easier if chemical companies never invented them.Easier to use them ? Absolutely. Paper bags..wax paper plates, cups& wrap as well as freezer paper are all alternatives to styrofoam.We need to be less lazy and selfish to become better stewards of the environment. Enough paving paradise and putting up parkinglots.Soon we will be taking all the trees left and putting them in a tree museum.
Rose February 18, 2013 at 01:25 AM
See the movie "Bag It"
Rose February 19, 2013 at 03:00 PM
TY Truly, growing up in the 60's I thought all the movements toward "enlightenment" would have been more long lasting. All that u listed goes to show that a generation failed to continue on many simple ideas and overindulged their children into beleiving they were entitled to whatever they desired. This "entitlement" mentality does not look deeply enough into cause and effect. Hopefully the rest of us will embrace the Butterfly Effect and realize the power of "one". I acknowledge this is not always easy. I myself struggle with addiction to the "quick and easy". Practice makes perfect and the leading by example mentality works wonders. As much as my children would love for me to be a "typically thinking mom",the wierdly individualistic choices I make seem to be embraced by them daily.Environmental issues are key to our survival. Chemical companies need to be held accountable for all of those products poisoning our kitchens,foods,&gene pools. Growing up I never thought the movie "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" was far fetched.I'm not a fanatic by any means. Ain't nobody got time for that. I enjoy each day my Lord has given me and just try to be a better steward of the earth daily. Let Bloomberg do whatever he can to force the issue. I thank him for myself and my children and all future generations.

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