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New York City mayor wants to ban Styrofoam

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Consider this: If he's not a dictator then why did he increase the term limit to 3 just to bring it back down to 2 right after he got into office? What other mayor has something built anyway when nearly everyone said no? (<pedestrian plazas) What other mayor do you know that wants to ban sodas over 16oz in restaurants?* Smells like a potential dictator to me.

 

(*Not counting Washington D.C., because they're just a bunch of pussy followers anyway)

 

We may be able to speak against it, but that's doing shit all if they don't listen and just carry on anyway.

 

I really did not agree with the three-term thing, but Bloomberg has a habit of doing things that everyone hates initially that turn out to be acceptable, if not great, for the majority of New Yorkers. Remember the ruckus about the ban on indoor smoking?

 

Plazas, at least in Times Square, worked really well, mostly because no one spills out into the streets anymore and with all the foot traffic, retail activity (and retail rents) have shot up, to the point where it's just as expensive, if not more, than Fifth Avenue.

 

Back to topic: yes, Styrofoam is harmful, but a blanket ban would do much more harm than good (plus enforcing it against out-of-state retailers and shipping companies would be a logistical nightmare that the city should not embark on). Bloomberg's administration focuses far too much on sticks to influence citizens' behavior - a better approach would be to make other options more attractive. A ban helps no one.

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After some consideration, it would be best if the city offered rebates to those who used alternate packaging products, such as recycled paperboard or recyclable plastic.

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After some consideration, it would be best if the city offered rebates to those who used alternate packaging products, such as recycled paperboard or recyclable plastic.

 

This makes sense.

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It's certainly more reasonable in comparison to Bloomberg's plan. Nevermind such a rebate program would be cheaper to implement, it's likely be better accepted by foodservice businesses.

 

As of now, most fast food restuarants (chain & independent) would be in or near compliance and it wouldn't take much for the businesses in question to become eligible to recieve rebates if they choose to transition.

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It's certainly more reasonable in comparison to Bloomberg's plan. Nevermind such a rebate program would be cheaper to implement, it's likely be better accepted by foodservice businesses.

 

As of now, most fast food restuarants (chain & independent) would be in or near compliance and it wouldn't take much for the businesses in question to become eligible to recieve rebates if they choose to transition.

 

Not to mention, there's nothing inherently tricky or legally questionable about implementing a rebate program vs a ban on styrofoam, which you'd need to also enforce on out-of-city shipping companies.

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Not to mention, there's nothing inherently tricky or legally questionable about implementing a rebate program vs a ban on styrofoam, which you'd need to also enforce on out-of-city shipping companies.

 

They historically did it with the bottle recycle program, so yeah, why not?

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