New York bans expanded polystyrene containers due to environmental damage

New York bans expanded polystyrene containers due to environmental damage

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The Mayor of New York announced this Thursday that from July the sale of products in expanded polystyrene containers will be prohibited due to the environmental damage that their use represents.

The order was released by Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, after consultations with city packaging companies, vendors and sanitation agencies.

His predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, tried the same in 2013, but the order was never carried out due to opposition from the City Council, which asked for more time to see if it was possible to establish a system for recycling those materials. Once confirmed that it is not possible, the new municipal administration decided to prohibit the packaging of a material also known by its acronym in English, EPS, which New Yorkers are very fond of to preserve and transport food and coffee.

"These products cause real environmental damage and have no place in New York City," De Blasio said in a statement accompanying the announcement of the ban. "If we have better options, better alternatives, and if there are more cities in the country that follow our direction and institute similar prohibitions, those alternatives will soon be plentiful and cost less," he added.

New York thus joins 70 other cities in the United States that have adopted a similar measure, including Washington, San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis, an effort that large and mediated companies have joined to seek packaging alternatives. But New York is the largest city to have adopted the measure, and the one that generates the most garbage.

According to data from the Mayor of New York, the city generated a total of 28,500 tons of expanded polystyrene containers last fiscal year, which, taking into account how light they are, implies a large volume of garbage.


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