N.Y. mayor seeks ban on plastic foam containers
February 14th, 2013
04:15 PM ET
1 year ago

N.Y. mayor seeks ban on plastic foam containers

New York (CNN) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg, known in New York City for his tough regulations on everything from large sodas to smoking in Central Park, proposed a new target during his final State of the City speech Thursday: plastic foam containers.

"Styrofoam increases the cost of recycling by as much as $20 per ton because it has to be removed," the mayor said. "Something we know is environmentally destructive, that is costing tax payers money, and that is easily replaceable, I think, is something we can do without."

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  1. Sniffit

    $20 per ton for the amount of recyclable refuse a city of approximately 10M people generates is A LOT of money. This is fiscally AND environmentally responsible. Let's watch how quickly the environmental part of it irrevocably taints it for the GOPers/Teatrolls and has them screaming bloody murder.

    February 14, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. just askin

    so what will the jail time and fine be for possession of styrofoam in nyc? it is about time nyc cracks down on these environmental criminals. 10 year hard labor in the re-education camps should do it.

    February 14, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    And just to elaborate a wee bit: this is a consistent, measurable and reproduceable effect with environmental issues, i.e., that irresponsible behavior and consumption due to lack of forethought and appropriate regulation ENDS UP COSTING US MORE than if we'd just did it right (or at least attempted to) from the get-go.

    February 14, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Why not we make these plates with big-leafs, even cups with big leaves. I think we can do it. They are Environmental friendly. They are bio-degradable too. Try–you like it. More so you do not have to cut the trees. They are leaves. Leaf is as big as a paper plate.

    February 14, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. rvoter

    But you can't get the drugs out, guess you don't feel this is a bigger problem.

    February 14, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Ed1

    Have you ever thought of banning yourself you are banning everything else the joke of our Country behind Obama but don't worry your gaining on him.

    February 14, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "so what will the jail time and fine be for possession of styrofoam in nyc? it is about time nyc cracks down on these environmental criminals. 10 year hard labor in the re-education camps should do it."

    Since you seem to like smoking said styrofoam, then maybe that's not a bad idea.

    February 14, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. The REAL Truth...

    You go Mr Mayor !!! Let's get all them Teatrolls riled up again.. they haven't had their wheaties today and need more intelligent leadership to tell them what to do....

    February 14, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |