NYC Considers a Ban on Foam Cups, Containers

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Supporters of the bill to ban foam cups and take-out containers say polystyrene is bad for the environment. (Rhys A/flickr)

The City Council's Committee for Sanitation and Solid Waste Management is considering a bill to ban foam cups and take-out containers. It plans to hold a public hearing on the measure on Monday.

Polystyrene, incorrectly referred to as styrofoam, makes up about half of one percent of the city's trash.

Those who oppose the ban, including restaurant owners and foam manufacturers, say it would do little to reduce solid waste.

The City Council is also considering a bill that would require foam to be recycled in the city, which could generate revenue. It would apply to all foam – like the block that comes when you purchase a new television.

The foam ban would only apply to cups and take-out containers. 


Julianne Welby


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Comments [4]


Do it now. I wish more places would take this kind of leadership and stop bowing down to the naysayers who think the sky will fall if we ban things that are terrible for the environment.

Nov. 26 2013 08:38 AM
JVH from NYC

The road to success is to make recycling easy and decision-less: ALL plastic, ALL metal, ALL glass, and ALL paper. No "this here / that there / but oh no, none of THAT" ! It's just my empirical observation but when a desired action is made easy to choose, and social suasion prevails, the rest becomes automatic -- expected and required. And, processing recyclables creates jobs!

Nov. 25 2013 03:13 PM
LTL from red hook, brooklyn

It's a great and long overdue conversation. Bravo.

Nov. 25 2013 02:38 PM
chanmett from LONG ISLAND CITY

THE BIODEGRADABLE PLATES AND TAKE OUT CONTAINERS are very good. The prices are expensive now but it is sure to go down. THE NYCDOE is working on getting the LUNCH PLATES made of SUGARCANE PULP AKA BAGASSE. We(SECUBE CORP) is supplying to a few Restaurants and the restaurants are happy. ALL OUR Products are made in THAILAND with complete transparencies. Please email for details.
Thank you

Nov. 25 2013 11:16 AM

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