After soda regs, Bloomberg’s NYC eyes Styrofoam ban

First, he limited the size of drinks allowed throughout the city. Now Mayor Bloomberg and his administration are mulling a ban on the plastic foam cups they’re sold in.

Polystyrene foam, sometimes sold under the brand name Styrofoam, is popular at thousands of delis and food carts across New York. The city prepares to roll out a major recycling announcement in the coming weeks, with Styrofoam cups on the chopping block, a Sanitation Department official said Wednesday.

“We’re studying all the different things in our waste stream. We want to make sure that everything in our waste stream is recyclable,” Ron Gonen, deputy commissioner for recycling at Sanitation, told the New York Post.
Mayor Bloomberg last year set a goal of recycling 30 percent of the city’s household trash by 2017, up from 15 percent now, the Associated Press reports.

The mayor has successfully instituted several measures suggesting people need saving from themselves: He banned oversized sugary drinks last year, even though the city is being sued for such measures. Mr. Bloomberg has also required restaurants to post the calorie counts of meals on their menus, and he has enacted sweeping bans on smoking across the city.

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