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New York Mayor Calls for Ban on Plastic Foam Food Containers
His earlier green initiatives include a 6-cent surcharge on plastic bags, the regulation that forbids commercial establishments from running their air conditioners with their business doors open, and the replacement of the city’s streetlamps with energy efficient LEDs.
The ban on plastic foam containers for food requires the approval of City Council in order to be implemented. Commentators are predicting push back, especially from the restaurant industry and convenience stores, at least partly because a foam cup costs about ten cents less than a paper cup.
Rick Sampson, president of the New York State Restaurant Association, said, “I don’t fault the mayor with what he’s trying to accomplish in terms of health. It’s how it’s done that creates the problem. Wouldn’t it be nice if he even talked to us about how this might impact the industry, or at least gave us a chance to try to work together on something that would accomplish his goals without hurting the biggest industry in New York City?”
The foam packaging ban is part of Bloomberg vision of a larger recycling and garbage diversion initiative that includes expanding recycling to include all rigid plastics, installing one thousand new recycling bins on city streets, and opening a new recycling center in Brooklyn. Bloomberg also announced a pilot program that would allow New York City residents to recycle food waste by composting (as is already being done in a number of major cities across North America), and a new plan to encourage more electric cars on the streets.
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