NYC Lawmakers Pave Way for Eventual Ban on Plastic Foam Containers

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NYC Lawmakers Pave Way for Eventual Ban on Plastic Foam Containers

Plastic foam has been increasingly used by food service industry as its containers keep food warm or cold. But environmentalists have raised concerns about the same.

They take the plastic foam as litter-generating scourge. A foam bill has been passed by New York City lawmakers that will allow ban on plastic foam containers.

The move will allow the containers to be banned if commissioner of the Sanitation Department finds that the product can be recycled even after a year. If products get banned, the city will be in the list of localities where plastic foam is banned.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given an indication bout signing the polystyrene foam bill. The bill will get active four months after getting signed by Mayor Bloomberg who is leaving office on December 31.

Mayor Bloomberg said foam is pollution causing agent. It is very difficult to recycle the same. "Foam pollutes the waste stream, making it harder to recycle food waste as well as metal glass and plastic", he affirmed.

It is expected that once the ban gets active, it will become easy to collect and separate the recyclable items, said Mayor Bloomberg who also affirmed that the procedure will prove more economical as well.


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