Ban on Polystyrene

This past Friday New York City’s Department of Sanitation announced that beginning July 1 2015 they will outlaw all polystyrene (frequently referred to as, however not constantly correctly described as Styrofoam) containers. According to Scientific American, they have actually determined that single-use expanded polystyrene could not be reused economically. There is also no market for post consumer polystyrene foam collected in curbside recycling.129724

Chemical suppliers and suppliers of these products have actually fought this ban, specifying that it is in reality a material that can be recycled.

New York City’s sanitation department specifies it collected around 28,500 tons of expanded polystyrene in 2014 and estimated that 90 % of this was single usage cups and containers.

New York isn’t the first to place a restriction on such items. A number of west coast cities, consisting of Seattle, Portland and San Francisco have already outlawed polystyrene containers.

Not only are cities throughout the United States making a turn for a more eco pleasant choice, huge companies have beginning making the adjustment also, from polystyrene products to favoring paper items rather. Dining establishments often are the first in the cutting edge of environmental management. Going much more “eco-friendly”. With that being stated options need to be cost effective. Hopefully safer, and less expensive choices are in our future.

Exactly what is everyone’s thoughts on these new restrictions on polystyrene?