NY Mayor Bloomberg to propose ban on polystyrene foam packaging

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: February 14, 2013 12:13 pm ET
Updated: February 14, 2013 2:16 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Government & Legislation

NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will call for a city-wide ban on expanded polystyrene foam packaging from stores and restaurants in his Feb. 14 State of the City address.

In an excerpt released before the speech, Bloomberg describes polystyrene foam as "one product that is virtually impossible to recycle and (that) never bio-degrades."

He further described the EPS product as "something that we know is environmentally destructive and that may be hazardous to our health…and is something that should go the way of lead paint."

"We can live without it," Bloomberg said. "We may live longer without it. And the doggie bag will survive just fine."

Steve Russell, vice president of the American Chemistry Council trade group in Washington, responded to Bloomberg's statements by saying that ACC "would welcome the opportunity to explore polystyrene foam food service recycling with the city."

"The technology exists to recycle polystyrene foam food service right now," Russell said in a Feb. 13 news release. "California is making this work – 22 percent of households there can recycle polystyrene foam food service cups…clamshells and other containers at curbside."

The California program covers 8 million people, according to Russell. NYC's 2011 population was estimated at 8.2 million.

Russell added that PS foam food service products make up less than one percent of solid waste in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Those products use significantly less energy and water to manufacture that paper alternatives and create significantly less waste by weight and comparable waste by volume, he said.

In a Feb. 14 phone interview, ACC plastics markets managing director Keith Christman said that New York’s City Council previously has considered a PS foam food service ban, but ultimately rejected it, partly because replacing EPS food service products with alternatives would cost the city an additional $7 million per year.

He also pointed out that an item on the city’s own Department of Sanitation website states that PS foam accounts for only 0.5 percent of the city’s waste.

“The facts strongly support continued use of polystyrene food service,” Christman said. “We support expanded recycling and would like to work with the city.”


Comments

NY Mayor Bloomberg to propose ban on polystyrene foam packaging

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: February 14, 2013 12:13 pm ET
Updated: February 14, 2013 2:16 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

DuPont resins help take Nike golf balls 'Fore!'ward

July 25, 2014 1:07 pm ET

It may be difficult to imagine just how much science, not to mention rubber and plastic components, go into a golf ball. But global giant DuPont Co....    More

Image

Bioplastics maker wins government funding

July 25, 2014 12:13 pm ET

Canadian bioplastics maker Solegear Bioplastics Inc. has won $1.6 million in funding from the government-sponsored Western Innovation Initiative...    More

Image

Report: biodegradeable plastics use in Europe to grow 12 percent

July 25, 2014 10:25 am ET

The biodegradable plastics market in Europe is forecast to witness 12 percent compound growth during 2014-19, according to TechSci Research's...    More

Image

Prices trending up for some recycled resins

July 24, 2014 1:27 pm ET

Plastics News is correcting prices for recycled grades of several commodity resins on this week's resin pricing chart.    More

Meredian merging with Danimer Scientific

July 24, 2014 1:59 pm ET

Bioplastics maker Meredian Inc. is merging with its sister firm, Danimer Scientific LLC.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recyclers Data Report & Directory

This exclusive MS Excel database contains all the companies from Plastics News' ranking of top North American Recyclers and Brokers by reprocessed volume and also includes a directory with materials processes, services offered and company contact information. Data is based on primary research by PN editorial staff.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events