Recent Styrofoam News
New York City, NY
This past February, New York City Mayor Bloomberg made statements about his proposed plan to ban styrofoam in stores and restaurants. In his address to the cityBloomberg stated, “ Styrofoam increases the cost of recycling by as much as $20 per ton because it has to be removed. Something we know is environmentally destructive that is costing taxpayers money, and that is easily replaceable. I think, is something we can do without.” These plans have sparked change not only on the local level, in the state senate as well.
-Link to February 14 Final State of City Address Press Release
-Link to AM New York article “New Yorkers support Bloomberg’s Styrofoam Ban, still mixed on soda: Poll” by: Ivan Pereira
-Link to Politicker article “Liz Krueger wants to take Bloomberg’s Styrofoam Ban statewide” by: Hunter Walker
-Link to New York State Senate Bill S3419-2013 “An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to food service waste reduction”
In July 2011 Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray proposed a plan to make the city a leader in sustainability. Over the past 18 months Mayor Gray has surpassed all previous efforts in the way of sustainability through his support of efforts such as the Capital Bikeshare, developing green buildings and community gardens. According to the mayor it is his goal to, “make the District of Columbia the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States. If not the world.” While these are high expectations for a city that has gone through a series of difficult developments over the years, here at StyrofoamMom we are rooting for Vincent Gray and all those who support his efforts.
-Link to the Sustainability DC Plan
-Link to Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy blog article “Can Washington, DC Be the World Sustainability Capital?” by: Ethan Goffman
Redwood City, California
Many of you may remember the 2007 ban on polystyrene (Styrofoam) product in San Francisco, what you may not know is the extent to which the anti-styrofoam movement has grown in the state. Since 2007 districts including Foster City, Half Moon Bay and most notably Palo Alto have joined the fold. In 2010 we cheered as Palo Alto officially banned Styrofoam takeout containers and packing materials. Now, Redwood is taking its turn in the spotlight. After the highly anticipated vote in May of 2012 in which lawmakers in the city agreed to ban the use of single-use Styrofoam in businesses in their jurisdiction beginning in 2013, more Californians are embracing the Styrofoam-free lifestyle. We applaud Redwood and all other California jurisdictions that are showing their commitment to environmental stewardship within their borders and we look forward to hearing more wonderful news in the future.
-Link to Redwood City-Woodside Patch article “Styrofoam Ban to Begin in 2013” by: Stacie Chan
-Link to Earth911.com article “Styrofoam Ban Grows in California” by: Amanda Wills