Judge overturns NYC’s EPS ban – USA

Posted on September 28, 2015 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

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New York City’s ban on expanded polystyrene has been overturned by the state’s Supreme Court, reopening the city’s door for foam cups, clamshells, coolers and packing peanuts — and for recycling EPS products.

This is so sad to see.   This is one product that we need to do without.  It is an environmental disaster.   The manufacturers of it ought to be ashamed.   Their greed to put their profits over the destruction of the wider environment is appalling.

Why a ban can be overruled because one group says it can be recycled is simply a complete lack of understanding of the issue at hand.   A judge is not qualified to make this decision.  It involves chemistry, knowledge of recycling efficiency and costs,   knowing details of its effect in the environment.  To reduce it to a simple technicality of can one person say it is ‘recyclable’ is naieve and they should admit so.