(Image source: Philip Scott Andrews / The New York Times)

BY MATT MORENO

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

First, he put a cap on soda sizes. Now, he’s looking to trash styrofoam. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban styrofoam containers to help the environment.

“That would cover delis, schools, restaurants and food carts. Now, the foam does not break down in landfills and has already been banned in west coast cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland.”
[Video: WABC]

About 20,000 tons of Styrofoam products are thrown away each year in New York City alone. The product is nearly impossible to recycle and never biodegrades.

Mayor Bloomberg calls styrofoam, “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.”
[Source: Fox News]

“It’d be a little more green, I don’t know if they have to ban it citywide, but it won’t change my day. I know there’s alternatives like I could probably bring my thermos and have them put it in my thermos, but it’s just an extra step.”
[Video: WNBC]

It’s not the first time the mayor has attempted to be on the cutting edge of health or environmental improvement.

A reporter for Bloomberg News says the mayor has
- banned some trans-fat food additives
- banned workplace smoking while raising tobacco taxes
- increased testing for HIV, cholesterol and blood pressure
- required restaurant chains to post the calorie content of menu items
- and limited sugary drinks in food-service establishments and arenas to 16 ounces

But, for the ban to become a law, it would first need to pass the city council.

It doesn’t sound like that will be a problem though since council speaker Christine Quinn is already voicing support for it. A city hall official said the plastic-foam ban could save millions of dollars a year.
[Source: The New York Times]

Mayor Bloomberg is also expected to push for more smart car recharging stations around the city.

Mayor Bloomberg Wants NYC Styrofoam Ban

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Feb 14, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg Wants NYC Styrofoam Ban

(Image source: Philip Scott Andrews / The New York Times)

BY MATT MORENO

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

First, he put a cap on soda sizes. Now, he’s looking to trash styrofoam. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban styrofoam containers to help the environment.

“That would cover delis, schools, restaurants and food carts. Now, the foam does not break down in landfills and has already been banned in west coast cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland.”
[Video: WABC]

About 20,000 tons of Styrofoam products are thrown away each year in New York City alone. The product is nearly impossible to recycle and never biodegrades.

Mayor Bloomberg calls styrofoam, “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.”
[Source: Fox News]

“It’d be a little more green, I don’t know if they have to ban it citywide, but it won’t change my day. I know there’s alternatives like I could probably bring my thermos and have them put it in my thermos, but it’s just an extra step.”
[Video: WNBC]

It’s not the first time the mayor has attempted to be on the cutting edge of health or environmental improvement.

A reporter for Bloomberg News says the mayor has
- banned some trans-fat food additives
- banned workplace smoking while raising tobacco taxes
- increased testing for HIV, cholesterol and blood pressure
- required restaurant chains to post the calorie content of menu items
- and limited sugary drinks in food-service establishments and arenas to 16 ounces

But, for the ban to become a law, it would first need to pass the city council.

It doesn’t sound like that will be a problem though since council speaker Christine Quinn is already voicing support for it. A city hall official said the plastic-foam ban could save millions of dollars a year.
[Source: The New York Times]

Mayor Bloomberg is also expected to push for more smart car recharging stations around the city.

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