CA Proposes Ban on Polystyrene
California State Senator Alan Lowenthal introduced a bill that would ban single-use Styrofoam from being used as a delivery container for food in restaurants, grocery stores and businesses in the state. Citing the million of dollars spent cleaning up beaches the Oakland Senator emphasized that the material polystyrene better know as Styrofoam, does not biodegrade and is not compostable. The EPA reports more then 25 billion cups every year are used and will spend the next 500 plus years in landfills.
Sure in Arlington, VA all our solid waste ends up in an incinerator, so most of the single -use Styrofoam goes up in smoke? But let me ask you this. Why do you want to breath that dirty air? Why do you want to pay to burn something, when an alternative exists that can be recycled? I won’t even go into the link both the EPA and NIH have made between styrene and cancer.
Don’t be fooled by the argument that of business will lose money, this is Arlington, VA. One great example just recently happened in In Clarendon. The Silver Diner switched away from Styrofoam so they could generate more business. It seems too many customers had complained about the use of Styrofoam. It seems the more patrons refuse to eat or drink from Styrofoam the more business restaurants use it will lose.