After being dealt a blow with his large sugary drinks ban, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to hone in on another type of ban — the elimination of all Styrofoam, a material he called “environmentally destructive” and “easily replaceable” in his State of the City address last month.
The Bloomberg administration has said the removal of Styrofoam, which is not biodegradable, would reduce recycling costs and save city taxpayers money. Everything from cups to lunch trays to take-out containers are to be eliminated under the proposal.
New York City's ban on large sugary drinks, pioneered since May by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was invalidated by Justice Milton A. Tingling Jr. of State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Monday. The ruling, which comes one day before the ban was scheduled to go into effect, prevents the implementation and enforcement of the ban.
Research shows the majority of adults in New York City are overweight or obese and the statistics for children aren't much rosier. Studies show 4 in 10 elementary school children are in the same category.