New York mayor seeks to ban Styrofoam

New York mayor seeks to ban Styrofoam

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cabin

East Stroudsburg, PA

#1 Feb 14, 2013
http://news.yahoo.com/york-mayor-seeks-ban-st...

'The mayor who has already targeted fat, sugar and salt in the city will turn to extruded polystyrene foam, saying it clogs up landfills, does not biodegrade and might harm human health.'
loose stool

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Feb 14, 2013
cabin wrote:
http://news.yahoo.com/york-may or-seeks-ban-styrofoam-0134080 53.html
'The mayor who has already targeted fat, sugar and salt in the city will turn to extruded polystyrene foam, saying it clogs up landfills, does not biodegrade and might harm human health.'
To a degree everything "harms" human health, including this turd.
loose stool

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Feb 14, 2013
Let me expand on my answer.
This clown is nothing but a showboater.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/nyregion/ne...

The pertinent paragraph buried at the bottom of this article?
"The percentage of waste that is recycled by the city has fallen during the Bloomberg administration, to 15 percent today, from 23 percent in 2001. Mr. Bloomberg, in his speech, will call for the city to achieve a 30 percent recycling rate by 2017."
Literally, kicking the can down the road.
Larry

Montpelier, VT

#4 Feb 14, 2013
Maybe Bloomnut's investments include a paper cup factory and he just wants to eliminate the competition.

But he talks about clogging up landfills. Why is he suddenly so concerned about Pen Argyl?

Since: Sep 09

Effort

#5 Feb 14, 2013
Larry wrote:
Maybe Bloomnut's investments include a paper cup factory and he just wants to eliminate the competition.
But he talks about clogging up landfills. Why is he suddenly so concerned about Pen Argyl?
Maybe he wants more low income housing built there for his citizens to be shipped to..
loose stool

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Feb 14, 2013
fistv wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe he wants more low income housing built there for his citizens to be shipped to..
Be it Styrofoam or human it's all garbage to him. It's a win-win for the Queen. The city saves on not having to pick up the Styrofoam, prices go up incrementally everywhere, and those people just hanging on either leave under their own steam or are simply shipped to another depressed Northeast area such as PA. Think of it, those massive bulk waste trucks could be much better used for transporting human garbage.

Since: Dec 09

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#7 Feb 14, 2013
Styrofoam burns well. No pope yet.
cabin

East Stroudsburg, PA

#8 Feb 14, 2013
hennypennyhag wrote:
Styrofoam burns well.
Poor man's napalm!
loose stool

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Feb 14, 2013
hennypennyhag wrote:
Styrofoam burns well. No pope yet.
I recommend a stool softener.
Willoughby2

Tobyhanna, PA

#10 Feb 15, 2013
Styrofoam never rots and it never breaks down. Give me your address and I will bring mine over to your back yard, See how that works for you! If you ask why I have styrofoam, it's because many, many products come packaged that way! You people have no respect for anything including the earth. Something needs to be done about the way things are packaged!
loose stool

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Feb 15, 2013
Willoughby2 wrote:
Styrofoam never rots and it never breaks down. Give me your address and I will bring mine over to your back yard, See how that works for you! If you ask why I have styrofoam, it's because many, many products come packaged that way! You people have no respect for anything including the earth. Something needs to be done about the way things are packaged!
Maybe you hate Styrofoam because it's white. Why don't you carve a statue of Obama out of your Styrofoam? You could look at it in the middle of the night when it's dark outside instead of using your lead paint.
Willoughby2

Tobyhanna, PA

#12 Feb 15, 2013
Since you have chosen the name "loose Stool" as your handle on a public-Internet forum. I will overlook your childish post.
Cabin

East Stroudsburg, PA

#13 Feb 15, 2013
Willoughby2 wrote:
Styrofoam never rots and it never breaks down. Give me your address and I will bring mine over to your back yard, See how that works for you! If you ask why I have styrofoam, it's because many, many products come packaged that way! You people have no respect for anything including the earth. Something needs to be done about the way things are packaged!
If styrofoam is so bad WHY do you have any of it at your home??? I have found very few of the products I buy come with it and what little we do get is used in the greenhouse under the seedling trays.
loose stool

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Feb 15, 2013
Willoughby2 wrote:
Since you have chosen the name "loose Stool" as your handle on a public-Internet forum. I will overlook your childish post.
Making decisions to avoid answering provocative questions on the basis of a person's "handle" is the height of elitist racial superficiality. If you weren't busy buying so many products with Styrofoam then maybe you would have time to answer my pointed questions.
What are these products that you crave anyway?
Larry

Montpelier, VT

#15 Feb 15, 2013
Styrofoam (EPS) is recycled every day.

The process of recycling Styrofoam involves feeding the collected EPS foam through conveyor belts into a shredding machine.

The shredded EPS foam is then transferred to a plastic extruder where the foam is exposed to heat and pressure to melt the EPS foam. Subsequently, the melted EPS foam passes out through a small outlet at the end of the extruder and solidifies into a continuous form.

This form of EPS can then be easily transported to the required factories for remolding (again using heat and pressure) into its new EPS products.
Willoughby2

Tobyhanna, PA

#16 Feb 15, 2013
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
The danger from Styrofoam comes when the smoke from burning it releases harmful amounts of PAH. It is known that PAH stays in the environment for years; has been linked to short-term symptoms like eye irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and confusion, and long-term symptoms like kidney and liver damage and cataracts.
lotta

Sweet Valley, PA

#17 Feb 15, 2013
Larry wrote:
Styrofoam (EPS) is recycled every day.
The process of recycling Styrofoam involves feeding the collected EPS foam through conveyor belts into a shredding machine.
The shredded EPS foam is then transferred to a plastic extruder where the foam is exposed to heat and pressure to melt the EPS foam. Subsequently, the melted EPS foam passes out through a small outlet at the end of the extruder and solidifies into a continuous form.
This form of EPS can then be easily transported to the required factories for remolding (again using heat and pressure) into its new EPS products.
It may be recyclable but try to find a place that takes it, particularly if it contained food. I know of no recycling center that accepts it anywhere near me. Some places will take styrofoam used in packing electronics, etc. but will not accept styrofoam meat trays, plates, cups, egg cartons, etc. Anything that contaminates the styrofoam makes it useless for recycling as I understand it.

No one even close to me accepts styrofoam of any type. Anything other than #1 and #2 plastic containers are difficult to recycle in my area as well. Anyone in need of a zillion #5 yogurt cups?:)
cabin

East Stroudsburg, PA

#18 Feb 15, 2013
lotta wrote:
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It may be recyclable but try to find a place that takes it, particularly if it contained food. I know of no recycling center that accepts it anywhere near me. Some places will take styrofoam used in packing electronics, etc. but will not accept styrofoam meat trays, plates, cups, egg cartons, etc. Anything that contaminates the styrofoam makes it useless for recycling as I understand it.
No one even close to me accepts styrofoam of any type. Anything other than #1 and #2 plastic containers are difficult to recycle in my area as well. Anyone in need of a zillion #5 yogurt cups?:)
For the large packing material try a local art teacher. Seems the latest trend is to use it to teach sculpture. Cheap and easy to work with for beginners. The meat trays are great for block printing as well.
lotta

Sweet Valley, PA

#19 Feb 15, 2013
cabin wrote:
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For the large packing material try a local art teacher. Seems the latest trend is to use it to teach sculpture. Cheap and easy to work with for beginners. The meat trays are great for block printing as well.
Great idea cabin:). I try to reuse what I can like you do- for seed starting, etc. But I also try to avoid getting it in the first place if I can, by buying meats from a butcher or a meat counter where they will wrap in plain old fashioned freezer wrap. I don't buy eggs because I have my own hens, but I see no need for styrofoam egg cartons when cardboard ones work just as well.

I think there's a lot that could be done to limit styrofoam use. It's not like it's head and above better than anything else. It's nasty stuff that I will not burn and finding re-uses for all of it is tough.

I like the air filled bags many places now use in shipping. Beats peanuts and is a lot less bulky if you're sending it on to the landfill. I think some of those bags are even biodegradable to some degree, though they may be corn based which is not the best use for what could otherwise be used for food.

Since: Dec 09

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#20 Feb 15, 2013
Willoughby2 wrote:
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
The danger from Styrofoam comes when the smoke from burning it releases harmful amounts of PAH. It is known that PAH stays in the environment for years; has been linked to short-term symptoms like eye irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and confusion, and long-term symptoms like kidney and liver damage and cataracts.
More short term symptoms, screaming, cursing and a nasty looking line of laundry.

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