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#PlanetOrPlastic: Foam Wars


I know how much you care about the environment, so I wanted to share with you a recent Politico article that highlights an ongoing #PlanetOrPlastic battle: can we effectively recycle polystyrene foam (aka styrofoam)?

The answer is no. But don’t just take my word for it. The New York City Department of Sanitation, after a two-year exhaustive study, concluded that styrofoam could not be recycled in an economically efficient and environmentally feasible manner. Environmental groups agree: It will wind up in landfills, where it will remain, literally, forever.

That’s why I introduced legislation to close existing loopholes and finally ban the sale of styrofoam food service containers.

Foam is not recyclable, and it doesn’t matter how many times the plastic and styrofoam industry claim otherwise. The responsible choice, the environmentally sustainable choice, and the choice for our kids and for our planet, is to ban foam altogether.

To read more about my bill, and the frustrating history of banning foam in the Council, read the below Politico story by Danielle Muoio.

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