City Council to Vote on Styrofoam Ban

11.25.13 Andy Cush

The latest in NYC’s recent string of bans and tightened regulations moves forward today, as City Council is set to vote on a proposed law that would outlaw styrofoam food containers. Mayor Bloomberg announced his support for such a law in his State of the City speech in February, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn has indicated she will back it as well.

“One product that is virtually impossible to recycle and never bio-degrades is Styrofoam,” Bloomberg said at the time. “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.”

The New York State Restaurant Association has expressed some trepidation about the bill. “We have to consider what the costs will be for both government and the business owners who make the city run,” said spokesman Andrew Moesel in February.

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