Greenpoint has been disappointed with our city council lately, but we can pat them on the back for this one. Last week they passed a ban on styrofoam, which is a major environmental win for NYC and Greenpoint.
Whenever I get a takeout styrofoam container it just feels dirty and wrong. And when we have our holiday markets, it is nearly impossible to find non-styrofoam hot drink cups at local markets. Thankfully that is all going to change.
Now shops and restaurants will no longer have a choice. There are complaints about the higher cost for non-styrofoam containers, but the toll styrofoam take on the environment far outweighs this.
According to Tree Hugger (yes I follow that blog): “New Yorkers throw away 23,000 tons of polystyrene per year.”
And who processes a proportionally high amount of the city’s trash? GREENPOINT! We don’t need any more toxic stuff being hauled here.
Styrofoam is reprehensible. The Story of Stuff explains that, “it is dirty to produce, exposing workers and communities near production sites to chemical hazards; it is a possible human carcinogen; it lives on indefinitely in landfills — or worst yet, as roadside litter or in our waterways; and it can not be easily or cheaply recycled.”