As a NYC Council member, you have a choice to make. Either you can vote to recycle, which will help the environment, help small businesses, and save taxpayer money – or you can choose to ban a limited amount of polystyrene foam – crushing small businesses, hurting taxpayers, and hurting the environment.
I am writing to you today to urge you to support recycling and to ask you NOT to support a ban on polystyrene foam. The Mayor’s ban only covers a little more than 20 percent of the foam that ends up in landfills, which means almost 80 percent will continue to be landfilled. What’s worse, a ban on foam would cause small businesses to raise prices, lay off workers or close all together.
Recycling is a win-win solution that will protect NYC jobs and small businesses AND help the environment: We can recycle polystyrene foam with a program that will cover virtually 100% of it. Supreme Court Judge Margaret Chan recently ruled that polystyrene is in fact recyclable and a viable market of clean and post-consumer polystyrene DOES exist.
What’s more, NYC can add foam to its existing curbside program for metal, glass and plastics without incurring any additional costs for collection or sortation. The program is quite simple - residents simply place their foam in the same receptacle as other recyclables. It’s easy. And an added bonus is that recycling foam will actually generate new revenue and reduce the amount of taxpayer money used to pay for landfilling it.
Hardworking New Yorkers like me cannot afford a burden on small businesses, a loss in jobs, or an added mortgage on our environment. Please listen to your constituency and hear our message: Don’t Ban Polystyrene. Recycle it.
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