Buffalo’s Talk of Styrofoam Ban Pits Environment vs. Cost

April 14, 2019


Food at Margie’s Soul Food in the Broadway Market goes in leakproof Styrofoam containers.

East High School sophomore Jah’nee Pearson became concerned after watching a documentary in her environmental sciences class about the effects various plastics – including Styrofoam – can have on animals and fish that ingest them as food.

Jah’nee and her classmates had previously attended a Common Council committee meeting to voice support for a ban the Council is considering on expanded polystyrene, or EPS, commonly called Styrofoam.

Buffalo’s discussion comes on the heels of New York City’s ban that went into effect earlier this year after its Sanitation Department determined that food-soiled foam containers could not be included in the city’s curbside recycling program in an economically and environmentally effective way.
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