Monday, December 23, 2013

Environmental Impacts.

These cities are doing the right things. Hopefully they started the trend and other
cities in the US and cities around the world will follow them.

New York City bans Styrofoam

New York's City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers yesterday. New York is now the largest U.S. city to implement such a ban on single-use foam containers.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the bill into law before leaving office at the end of the year. NBC New York reports that Bloomberg supports the ban: 
"Foam pollutes the waste stream, making it harder to recycle food waste as well as metal glass and plastic," the mayor said in a statement after the vote.

  1. Los Angeles plastic bag ban starts on Jan. 1

    Los Angeles Daily News ‎- by Rick Orlov ‎- 16 hours ago
    After Jan. 1, Los Angeles shoppers will no longer be presented with that checkout choice: Paper or plastic
  2. Instead, they will be required to bring in their own reusable bags or pay 10 cents for each paper bag they need.
    The city’s plastic bag ban will start with stores of more than 10,000 square feet or with annual sales of more than $2 million. Then, beginning on July 1, the ban will extend to smaller stores such as mini-marts.
    Los Angeles is joining a growing trend of cities across the country — in California alone, about 90 cities or counties have passed plastic bag ordinances within recent years, according to the group Californians Against Waste.

Los Angeles Bans Free Plastic Bags In Grocery Stores
Jun 25, 2013 - LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles became the biggest city in the country to ban free plastic bags in grocery stores following a city council vote ..

San Francisco Bans Styrofoam for To-Go Containers

April 13, 2007
San Francisco does it again. A few weeks ago the city banned the use of all plastic shopping bags other than biodegradable and recyclable ones. Now, effective June 1, 2007, the law will require San Francisco food vendors who sell prepared food to use compostable or recyclable to-go containers as well. "San Francisco food vendors may no longer use polystyrene foam otherwise known as Styrofoamâ„¢ and must use compostable or recyclable disposable food service ware or to-go containers unless there is no suitable product that is within 15% of the cost of non-compostable or non-recyclable alternatives," an article said. Compostable products include coated and uncoated paper or other natural fiber products and plant-based plastic-like products that are clearly labeled. We know several restaurants, like Mixt Greens, who already uses the products, but we're interested to see if more cities will take San Fran's lead. ::SF Environment Related ::Eco-To-Go ::What to Do with Used Styrofoam

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