Feb 15, 2013 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from The Wall Street Journal: First he banned smoking in bars and restaurants, then trans-fats, then large sugary drinks and now New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his eyes set on Styrofoam.
During his 12th and final State of the City address Thursday, the mayor announced an effort to ban polystyrene foam. The mayor needs the council to approve the proposal, and the council’s leader, Speaker Christine Quinn, a close ally of the mayor and a presumed candidate for mayor this year, has said she is in favor of the initiative.
Bloomberg said he’s following Styrofoam bans in other localities, specifically on the West Coast. He pointed out that the caller is from Staten Island, the home of Fresh Kills landfill, which the city has closed and is turning into a park.
“It’s going to be 20 years before enough things biodegrade so that we can turn that (landfill) into a park. We never should have used Staten Island as a big dump,” the mayor said. “Styrofoam, or polystyrene, does not degrade with time. It’s just there forever, and it’s not good for you, and it costs us a lot of money.”
Bloomberg said the ban on Styrofoam is “good for everybody.”
“So, we’re not banning everything. We’re just trying to have some intelligent things. It costs us money,” he told the caller. “Chris, your tax bill is higher than it needs to be because we’ve got to go and take polystyrene out of the waste. So, you know, it’s in your interest, too.”