Category: Society / February 14, 2013 4:38 PM EST
Styrofoam is a common substance used for takeout containers, coffee cups and it it’s almost impossible to recycle: Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg is now proposing to ban it
"Now, one product that is virtually impossible to recycle and never bio-degrades is something Marty made fun about. But it's not just terrible for the environment; it's another thing that's terrible for taxpayers. Styrofoam increases the cost of recycling by as much as $20 (USD) per ton because it has to be removed. Something that we know is environmentally destructive, that is costing taxpayer’s money, and that is easily replaceable, I think is something we can do without. So with Speaker Quinn and the City Council, we will work to adopt a law banning Styrofoam food packaging from our stores and restaurants. And don't worry: the doggie bag and the coffee cup will survive just fine."Bloomberg is in his 12th year as Mayor and this is not the first time he has banned something that he believed posed a threat to society. During his term he pushed to ban smoking in restaurants and bars, and last year said restaurants and takeaway food shops could no longer sell sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.