Contact Your Council Member

The ban on polystyrene foam proposed by the Bloomberg Administration will cost New York City businesses, tax payers and visitors nearly $100 million per year. In a city where everyone eats out, foodservice product costs will nearly double. Schools will suffer an $8 million increase in costs. Plus, the ban will jeopardize more than 1,200 manufacturing jobs in New York state. And even if foam is banned, cups and food containers will continue to fill our landfills.

Send an email to your council member and urge them to vote No on banning foam foodservice containers in New York City.

Step 1: Select Your Council Member

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Step 2: Provide Your Information

Step 3: Personalize Your Message

Tell your council member why the ban on foam is important to you. Choose the reason that describes you best, and it will be added to the email:

I am a consumer who likes my coffee hot and my hands protected, which is harder to do using paper cups. And for hot takeout meals, nothing beats foam foodservice containers.I own and manage a restaurant, and worry about the higher cost and lower effectiveness of alternative products. Paper bowls and cups do not hold heat or cold as well. Customers could burn their hands on hot drinks in paper cups, and using corrugated sleeves would increase waste and costs (corrugated sleeves cost more than foam cups per unit).I am concerned about the environment and know that soiled paper cups aren't accepted in NYC's recycling program. So how is banning foam - a product that's 95% air - and replacing it with a heavy plastic lined paper cup going to reduce waste?

The following message will be sent on your behalf:

The ban on polystyrene foam foodservice containers proposed by the Bloomberg Administration will cost New York City businesses, tax payers and visitors nearly $100 million per year. In a city where everyone eats out, food service packaging product costs will nearly double. Schools will suffer an $8 million increase in costs according to a recent study. Plus, the ban will jeopardize more than 1,200 manufacturing jobs in our state.

Most paper foodservice products – the top alternatives to foam – cannot be recycled in New York City. Because paper does not insulate as well as foam, more containers or even cardboard sleeves are required, which will increase waste and costs. So even if foam is banned, cups and food containers will continue to fill our landfills.

I urge you to consider the consequences the polystyrene foam foodservice packaging ban would have on your district and your state, and vote No on the ban.

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