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Bloomberg Wants to Ban Plastic-Foam Food Packaging; Do You Agree?

Southampton Village has banned plastic shopping bags, but the iniative failed on the town level.

In his final State of the City address Thursday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a citywide ban on plastic-foam food packaging, a non-biodegradable polymer environmentalists have derided for years

As reported by The New York Times, the ban will include polystyrene takeout boxes, cups and trays.

“Something that we know is environmentally destructive, that is costing taxpayers money, and that is easily replaceable, is something we can do without," Bloomberg said.

In 2011, Southampton Village became the first municipality on New York State to ban plastic shopping bags, and the second on the East Coast. Environmentalists pushed for the Southampton Town Board to adopt the same ban, but a board majority decided to pursue awareness and recycling instead.

A polystyrene packaging ban has not been brought to the table in either Southampton town or village, but Bloomberg's move shines a national spotlight on the product that is popularly, though erroneously, called Styrofoam.

Bloomberg said polystyrene, which does not biodegrade and is "virtually impossible" to recycle, currently adds up to $20 per ton to the cost of recycling, because it has to be seperated. Eliminating it altogether could save the city millions of dollars per year, city officials said.

Fort-Greene-Clinton Hill Patch reports that some small business owners disagree with the proposal, saying the costs to use alternative packaging will hurt profits. 

Are you for or against banning plastic-foam packaging in your town or village? Tell us why in the comments section below.

christie nicolle February 15, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Yes... he did something great for nyc.
David D'Agostino February 15, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Yes, ban it.
baywoman February 16, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Ban it. Bad for the environment. Also, did you ever taste tea from a styrofoam cup? A chemical interaction must take place. Yuck! That stuff is probably bad for us too.
Paul Ouellette February 16, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Ya know on Christmas Eve, Santa flew over Mayor Bloomberg's house drinking a Big Gulp out of a styrofoam cup and flipped him off. We have California on one side of the country and the City State of New York on this side, never can tell which is weirdest.
Emily February 16, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Yes I support his ban on this issue. However if he continues on his anti gun crusade I will withdraw my support.
Jose Manzani February 16, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Whether its good or not when you take into account alternatives and recyle benefits, Its not the point. The point is that government needs to stay out of mundane private business practices. Not to long ago in his infinite wisdom he outlaws large soda drinks, but leaves in place cigarette, alcohol, etc. Government does not belong in business. The fact that govenment is so involved in business is why our free market system is not workig. I am a small businness owner, employ three to five people depending on my work load. My cost of operation just to comply with Govermental interference has increased ten fold since I open my business in 1993
Heidi Dietrich February 16, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I love it Paul Ouellette, that is too funny!
Sam Spade February 16, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Yes. They don't allow any Styrofoam packaging in Germany for the same reason. They seem to get along just fine without it. Bloomie is a visionary. Keep up the good work!
Robin February 16, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Czar Bloomberg can suck it. I vote on the side of Liberty. No one makes you use plastic, it is used or not used by choice. I'm guessing "Mrs. Bloomberg" recently made a large investment in a paper company.
Dr. Cid February 16, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Really funny,Paul, let us know how your cancer treatment is going. There is study after study after study clearly showing that this stuff causes cancer. I imagine you think smoking a cigarette and blowing that smoke in the face of a child is funny, too. Wake up, funny man!
Gloria Jean-Michaeline Sterioti Benson February 16, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Ban it. We own a garbage route. The amount of plastics, styrofoam, cans etc. that fill our landfills is massive. Styrofoam is not accepted for recycle but even the materials that are accepted will never make it to a recycle center if the household using it doesn't recycle.
Jane Smith February 16, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Why the blackmail, Emily. What has one thing got to do with another. The styrofoam causes cancer and it's a big load on the economy. You don't like the ban on guns. That's a whole other issue. Besides, the styrofoam ban protects your health also.
Ralebird February 17, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Come on Cid, show us a reliable, scientific study that proves "this stuff causes cancer" by simply eating food that has been in contact with it. It doesn't count if the study shows you need to eat five pounds of styrofoam a day for forty years.
Ralebird February 17, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Jane, you get the same challenge as Cid - show us the proof that "styrofoam causes cancer".
John Gruber February 18, 2013 at 07:00 PM
It's pretty sad people aren't smart enough to realize this shouldn't be used, banned or not. It's non-biodegradeable and apparently has the potential to cause cancer. Why would you NOT want to ban it?
Ralebird February 18, 2013 at 08:26 PM
With "apparently has the potential to cause cancer" you also are invited to show a reliable source. Dr. Cid and Jane Smith above have not been heard on their similar claims.
Hazel Wilkonson the First February 18, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Hey, ralebird, don't believe that it causes cancer and want "evidence", why not go look it up for yourself.
Emily Bee February 18, 2013 at 09:02 PM
I wonder if this would apply to meat section of supermarkets. I assume it's Styrofoam packaging the meats and poultry are laid out in, although it could be another product.
Ralebird February 18, 2013 at 09:29 PM
That's not how things work, Hazel. If someone makes a statement of fact, it is their responsibility to back up those statements with at least a reference, citation or link. Feel free to provide the information that the previous three posters have not.
Hazel Wilkonson the First February 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM
If you question someone's statement of fact, then it is your responsibility to substantiate your challenge. Don't know how to Google?
Ralebird February 19, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Well, Hazel, let's put it this way: the claims that styrofoam causes cancer are simply BS. If someone wants to make a case for one reason or another that styrofoam products for food containers should be banned, they are entitled to their opinion, but to come here to post statements that are factually incorrect is ignorant at best and deceitful at worst. Again, styrofoam does NOT cause cancer regardless of how many people use that statement to support an argument.
Suzanne Reynolds March 04, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Kudos to the mayor!! A step to preserving our planet for our grandchildren and future generations!!!
Seth Rutledge April 10, 2013 at 03:11 AM
so I guess you are not opposed to the practice of disposing of toxic waste by putting it into packaging? It's really good for business, get a tip to take the waste away, then get to sell the package too! God bless the free market!

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