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Mayor Bloomberg To Announce Styrofoam Ban As Part Of Green Push For NYC
The Consumerist ^ | 02/14/2013 | Mary Beth Quirk

Posted on 02/14/2013 12:57:17 PM PST by SeekAndFind

We all saw it coming and now it’s happening — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going to announce an official ban on styrofoam containers in his State of the City address today. Just to clarify once again, uppercase Styrofam is a trademarked product used in insulation, while what we all know as styrofoam is really extruded polystyrene. Moving on!

The ban on styrofoam is part of a larger program the mayor has planned for his last year in office, which will also include more recycling, a curbside food-composting pilot program and more electric vehicles cruising the city streets.

His office released a few portions of his speech ahead of time where it’s clear his focus is on improving the city’s environment. This, after pushing through initiatives like a ban on large, sugary drinks to improve the public health.

There will be a new requirement for 20% of all new public parking spaces to include spots to charge electric vehicles, reports Bloomberg News, which would mean 10,000 new spots in the next seven years after the City Council approves it.

And for those residents who are sick of having a large plastic bin full of food waste in their refrigerator that their roommate hasn’t hauled to the compost drop-off spot in months (ahem), a new program to begin collecting compost would kick off in State Island and go citywide if it works out.

And then there’s the styrofoam, that ubiquitous white substances that cradles hot deli delights and cups full of street cart coffee alike.

“One product that is virtually impossible to recycle and never bio-degrades is styrofoam,” Bloomberg is planning on saying. “Something that we know is environmentally destructive and that may be hazardous to our health, that is costing taxpayers money and that we can easily do without, and is something that should go the way of lead paint.”

That plastic foam makes up about 20,000 tons of the city’s waste each year, said the mayor’s office. A ban would need to be approved by the City Council and if it goes through, will join similar actions taken in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Things are getting very West Coast around here, eh?

In addition, Bloomberg wants to double the city’s recycling rate to 30% by 2017 by doubling the 2,000 containers that the public uses to sort its waste. A new recycling plant will also open in Brooklyn to accept plastic that wasn’t able to be recycled before like salad containers and yogurt cups.

It remains to be seen how restaurants and other food establishments will take the styrofoam ban, but if it costs more to use more environmentally-friendly containers, we’re sure it won’t be a pleasant reaction.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bloomberg; chemicals; environmentalism; greens; moronwithmegaphone; nannystate; nyc; styrofoam

1 posted on 02/14/2013 12:57:27 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
...a curbside food-composting pilot program...

The rats are going to love that!

2 posted on 02/14/2013 1:02:01 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: SeekAndFind

New Yorkers need to build a wall around themselves to protect themselves from reality.


3 posted on 02/14/2013 1:02:28 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

In essence, if it makes your life more enjoyable,

BAN IT.


4 posted on 02/14/2013 1:04:20 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m glad I don’t live in New Yawk; being a subject of emperor 0bama is already a full time job and I wouldn’t have any time left to serve emperor Bloomie!


5 posted on 02/14/2013 1:06:04 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: SeekAndFind

When Styrofoam is outlawed only outlaws will have Styrofoam!


6 posted on 02/14/2013 1:09:18 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Mayor Bloomie is King Baby who always wants it HIS way!


7 posted on 02/14/2013 1:10:37 PM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: SeekAndFind

When to we get a Bloomberg Ban?


8 posted on 02/14/2013 1:11:48 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

This mayor guy clearly has too much time on his hands (not to mention ego) and nothing more important to focus on in such a peaceful and thriving metropolis as New York City.


9 posted on 02/14/2013 1:12:12 PM PST by Zack Attack
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To: Don Corleone

He can have my Styrofoam gun when he pulls it out of my dead coke and salt encrusted hands.


10 posted on 02/14/2013 1:12:38 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Nanny knows what's best for you!


11 posted on 02/14/2013 1:13:25 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bloomberg is trying to make San Angeles a reality! (Demolition Man)


12 posted on 02/14/2013 1:13:59 PM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: SeekAndFind
There will be a new requirement for 20% of all new public parking spaces to include spots to charge electric vehicles

And exactly who is going to pay for the electricity?

13 posted on 02/14/2013 1:15:47 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: cripplecreek
Serve take out food in dogie (poop) bags! ;-)
14 posted on 02/14/2013 1:16:58 PM PST by Average Al
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To: SeekAndFind

He just wants to keep people from making home-made napalm. There goes another fun experiment. /s


15 posted on 02/14/2013 1:21:04 PM PST by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: Fresh Wind
Oh you silly peasant...
16 posted on 02/14/2013 1:21:32 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bloomberg should just ban exhaling for New Yorkers.

They can inhale all they want, but exhaling releases deadly greenhouse gasses.

17 posted on 02/14/2013 1:22:34 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: SeekAndFind

This guy is truly insane. Just *what* styrofoam cups is he talking about? You buy a coffee and it comes in a paper cup. You buy a soda, it comes in a plastic cup or a paper cup with wax on it. I can’t even remember the last time I saw a styrofoam cup. I think I saw one last summer when it was hot and somebody was selling them in a deli filled with ice.

The fact is there no bombing of the environment with styrofoam. This is just more power flexing by the despot because he couldn’t think of anything else to ban.

He bans everything except illegals who I see every morning lined up down the block at the food stamp place at 32-20 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11101 (for those who want to see for themselves on Google maps street level) Food stamps which BTW are no longer food stamps but credit cards, or what they call “EBT cards”, which is plain old money that you can use to buy anything that has a CC machine at the register.

Let me go to Mexico and see how much free money the Mexican government will give me. Since Bloomberg has cops out 2 in the morning stuffing parking tickets all over my car because the city “needs money”, or stuffing “equipment violation” tickets in my windshield the same night somebody decided to smash my side view mirrors overnight (probably an illegal)I figure the Mexican government owes me about a couple thousand bucks.


18 posted on 02/14/2013 1:24:21 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Paladin2

RE: When to we get a Bloomberg Ban?

He’s out next year and won’t run again (He’s had 3 terms). Unfortunately, the fav to replace him (and his successor designate), Christine Quinn( a Lesbian who recently “married” her partner ) is just as bad.

She demands that new buildings ONLY have Al-Gore approved type “dual-flush” flush toilets.

They call her Bloomberg Mini-me.

Even worse, unlike Bloomberg, she is putting the NYPD on notice that she will fight their highly successful stop-and-frisk system that has effectively made NYC one of the safest big cities in the world.


19 posted on 02/14/2013 1:29:30 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
This guy is truly insane. Just *what* styrofoam cups is he talking about?

I believe this is what he's talking about :


20 posted on 02/14/2013 1:31:10 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; GrandJediMasterYoda

Don’t forget, all the “doggie bags” are put in styrofoam containers!


21 posted on 02/14/2013 1:40:00 PM PST by jimmyo57
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To: jimmyo57
RE: all the “doggie bags” are put in styrofoam containers!

These will be banned...


And since NYC government is unpredictable, I don't know if this will be banned as well...

22 posted on 02/14/2013 1:51:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: All

Donald Trump should run for Mayor of NYC and give these control freaks a reality check.


23 posted on 02/14/2013 1:55:56 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("Lean Forward" = "Bend Over")
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To: SeekAndFind

This guy is a total idiot. He says it adds $20 to the cost of recycling per ton because they have to remove it from the recycling stream. Hey, here’s an idea - don’t mess with the reycling part of it.


24 posted on 02/14/2013 2:02:55 PM PST by Girlene (HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY)
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To: Fresh Wind

Let me guess, the businesses that are building new parking lots.

On a related note, where will the electricity be generated for said chargers. Let me guess, not solar or wind, but the eeeeevil Indian Point.


25 posted on 02/14/2013 2:12:05 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

I’m surprised Bloomturd hasn’t insisted that the name be changed to “Native American Point”.


26 posted on 02/14/2013 2:22:31 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: matt04

RE: eeeeevil Indian Point.

There’s a serious push to close this Nuclear Power Plant.

Problem: It supplies nearly a quarter of NYC’s power. They have not even come close to identifying a feasible replacement.


27 posted on 02/14/2013 2:42:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Fresh Wind

‘And exactly who is going to pay for the electricity?’

And exactly who is going to use the parking spaces?


28 posted on 02/14/2013 2:43:42 PM PST by Delta Dawn
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To: cripplecreek

29 posted on 02/14/2013 2:47:19 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

...a curbside food-composting pilot program...

The rats are going to love that!

The city already smells, this will make it worse...


30 posted on 02/14/2013 2:51:27 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Fresh Wind
20% of the spaces for .001% of the cars... Brilliant!!!
31 posted on 02/14/2013 3:05:53 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

They are banning drink and medicine coolers? Picnickers will be arrested? Fined? Have cops come and grab their hot cups and coolers? Has Yogi Bear been enlisted for this?


32 posted on 02/14/2013 3:07:34 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sounds like somebodies office ought to be covered in it..

33 posted on 02/14/2013 3:10:29 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: SeekAndFind

He has also outlawed dog-sh*t in the streets and sidewalks. From now on all owners are to send their dog-sh*t in a box to Gracie Mansion so Dumberg will have something to eat.


34 posted on 02/14/2013 3:11:28 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank you, God, for not letting me be born a New Yorker.


35 posted on 02/14/2013 4:10:55 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: SeekAndFind

In his youth, Bloomturd wore a styrofoam cup when he played ice hockey. That is why he is now suffering from extreme brain damage.

How else can you explain his lunacy?


36 posted on 02/14/2013 4:13:28 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: SeekAndFind
Idiot Bloomturd. Styrofoam cups and boxes are the only way people who work outside in this city can get a hot meal in the winter. Go to any construction site and every guy has the foam keeping their steaming food warm.

The ‘turd is so out of touch with working people...

37 posted on 02/14/2013 4:47:17 PM PST by varyouga
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t know who owns Indian Point, however the owners of Vermont Yankee successfully sued the State whey they tried to shut it down recently. VT Yankee supplies somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 of the power for VT.


38 posted on 02/14/2013 9:20:57 PM PST by matt04
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