Friday, February 15th, 2013

Mayor Dislikes Styrofoam

"Bloomberg is expected to use part of his address to push initiatives that would increase the number of parking spaces for electric cars and begin recycling more plastics and food waste. The mayor who has taken on smoking, sugary drinks and salt is also expected to talk about working with the City Council to ban Styrofoam food packaging from stores and restaurants."
Just 12 years into his life term as mayor, Michael Bloomberg is now coming for your takeout containers.

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hershmire (#233,671)

Finally. There is no reason on earth to use Styrofoam.

@hershmire I almost agree except when I think of my beloved halal carts. Cardboard won't survive the onslaught of white sauce.

hershmire (#233,671)

@happymisanthrope The Halal Guys outside my building use a stiff foil container and a cardboard/foil lid. It works perfectly.

Thanks. Now I have to go eat some street meat.

WindowSeat (#180)

@hershmire You can't build a pseudo-Classical McMansion without styrofoam architectural elements covered in elastomeric stucco, won't someone think of the suburbs?

Astigmatism (#1,950)

To paraphrase the McSweeney's bit about assault rifles from a few weeks ago:

First, they came for cigarettes in bars and restaurants, and I said, "You know, that sounds reasonable. Cigarette smoke is incredibly harmful to people near the smoker, especially in enclosed spaces. So, yeah, sounds good."

Then they came to ban large sugary drinks, and I said, "All of this sounds fine to me. Sugary drinks are one of the biggest contributors to obesity and diabetes, and our health care system can't cope with all of these chronic conditions. So, really, whatever you want to do on this is also fine."

Then they came for my Styrofoam containers, and I said, "Styrofoam containers? You should have started with Styrofoam containers. You're doing this backwards. But OK, of course you can have my Styrofoam containers. Why do I need a Styrofoam container?"

HarryT (#241,770)

Did you know that Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, wants to basically ban every little thing anybody loves though one ban he has in mind has a respectable enough rationale. Bloomberg is touting a Styrofoam ban, as the stuff is very challenging to do away with due to high costs of collection and recycling. You may need a payday loan to pay for things if a more expensive material is used instead of Styrofoam.

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