If anyone has ever been to New York City, or a city similar to New York’s atmosphere, then they could only imagine the amount of garbage that is produced in just one day. The issue of using plastic foam containers and cups is one that environmental agencies have been pushing to ban for the past few decades.
New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio is making a stride to ending the usage of these products within food establishments that operate within the city.
An original plan to ban these resources was set in motion by the past mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, who mentioned the issue in his final State of the City Address back in 2013.
Foam containers cannot be recycled, and create a surplus of trash and debris within our landfills. “These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City. We have better options, better alternatives, and if more cities across the country follow our lead and institute similar bans, those alternatives will soon become more plentiful and will cost less.” exclaims de Blasio, last Thursday.
The ban is set to be enforced this upcoming summer on July 1, but no fines will be given out for offenders until 2016, giving businesses plenty of time to adjust. This new law allows New York to join San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Oregon, as the largest city to ban foam products, of this small group so far.
While the environmentalists are thanking de Blasio, many restaurants within the city are not happy about the decision because it could increase costs for them. Only restaurants who do not average $500,000 dollars in annual revenue may be able to avoid the new law, but even they may have to make the switch eventually.
Every kind of food vendor may be affected, even the carts that are located on the streets of the city. Changes that will definitely make a huge impact in making the city cleaner and will supposedly help remove 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene, the material that makes up the foam containers.
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