NYC gets a plastic-foam ban

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Accord­ing to the New York Times, Mayor Bloomberg will pro­pose a ban on plastic-foam con­tain­ers  in his State of the City speech on Thursday:

Mr. Bloomberg, in his 12th and final State of the City address, will pro­pose a city­wide ban on plastic-foam food pack­ag­ing, includ­ing take­out boxes, cups and trays. Pub­lic schools would be instructed to remove plastic-foam trays from their cafe­te­rias. Many restau­rants and bode­gas would be forced to restock.

In excerpts from his speech released on Wednes­day, Mr. Bloomberg rails against plas­tic foam, even com­par­ing it to lead paint. “We can live with­out it, we may live longer with­out it, and the dog­gie bag will sur­vive just fine,” the mayor plans to say.

The ban would need to be approved by the City Coun­cil, headed by Chris­tine Quinn, who is also the cur­rent favorite to be next mayor. Unlike bike paths, there seems to be no dis­tance between the mayor and his favored suc­ces­sor on the sub­ject of plastic-foam. Coun­cil Speak Quinn is quoted in the Times say­ing of plastic-foam: “It lives for­ever, it’s worse than cockroaches.”

(Plastic-foam is the cor­rect descrip­tion of the soft foam used for food con­tain­ers, which is dif­fer­ent from the harder mate­r­ial called Sty­ro­foam that is made by Dow. So the ban will tech­ni­cally be a plastic-foam food con­tainer ban.)

As a pre­view of the mayor’s last State of the City speech, the admin­is­tra­tion also pro­vides this info­graphic, show­ing accom­plish­ments that pre­ceded the plastic-foam ban:

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Graphic: NYC​.gov

Photo: Gen­pak