NYC gets a plastic-foam ban



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:


Graph­ic: NYC​.gov

Pho­to: Gen­pak