NYC: Bloomberg mulls ban on Styrofoam cups, containers

by Walter Olson on February 9, 2013

Joining Seattle and Brookline, Mass., the “Bloomberg administration is considering banning Styrofoam cups and containers — popular at thousands of delis and food carts across the city — as it prepares to roll out a major recycling announcement in the coming weeks, a Sanitation Department official said yesterday.” [NY Post] “At the end of 2006, the New York Post rounded up what is very likely a partial list of items the New York City Council banned or considered banning.” [Ed Driscoll, via]


1 Ed 02.09.13 at 11:30 am

I went to a conference in Canada and they recycle it; why not NYC? The alternative is to go back to paper cups which require tree pulp and can’t be recycled due to the coatings.

2 Robert 02.09.13 at 2:58 pm

My city, Sunnyvale CA, has been enacting all sorts of crazy greenie laws lately. It started with a bag ban, and the styrofoam ban is coming soon. There’s also a law against honking bicyclists.

It’s a living hell here.

3 John Burgess 02.09.13 at 7:39 pm

Can Hizzoner just ban bed bugs and make them go away? Clearly the Dept. of Public Health can’t do it through regulation.

4 OBQuiet 02.09.13 at 8:57 pm

“There’s also a law against honking bicyclists.”

What is it with these folks in CA?
You have to warn them you’re coming so they can dodge. It is hardly sporting otherwise!

5 Canvasback 02.10.13 at 2:45 pm

Doesn’t New York have a City Council somewhere that makes laws? Yes, I’m sure I read that somewhere. One benefit of consulting it from time to time would be that the chaos of the legislative process is a stumbling block to tyranny.

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