City Council President Wants to Ban Styrofoam Cups in Boston

Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy originally called for a ban on styrofoam cups in 2009, but feels there's more support of it in 2012.

At Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting, Council President Stephen Murphy reintroduced an order from 2009, calling for a citywide ban on styrofoam cups.

"The styrofoam is nonbiodegradable and lasts for hundreds and hundreds of years in landfills," said Murphy, who reminded his peers that 10 of them supported the order in 2009 (with the other three not being on the council). 

Murphy said more than 111 municipalities have banned them across the country, and that locally, Brookline is debating a ban now. "It’s sound public policy. (I'm) just asking for it to go to the appropriate committee and seeing if we can get behind it in the city."

Here are statistics on styrofoam from Livestrong.com, including: 

  • Styrofoam and Styrofoam products fill up 30 percent of our landfill space, and landfills are quickly becoming full.
  • A Recycling Revolution reports that packaging material makes up one-third of an average dump.

The order was referred to the Committee on Environment and Human Rights.

John D September 22, 2012 at 07:30 PM
what would we ever do without Democrats to rule the most mundane issues of life? one would think that Boston has a lot more important problems to deal with then to waste time over this issue. fools.
Ray Ehrlich September 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM
The information on polystyrene foam (mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam) contained in this article is incorrect. According to the U.S. EPA and other credible sources, all polystyrene foodservice (foam and non-foam) cups and containers account for less than 1.0 percent by weight and volume of the municipal solid waste stream. In addition, contrary to popular public belief, waste materials do not readily biodegrade in modern landfills. Modern landfills are regulated under strict federal and state regulations to ensure protection of human health and the environment. Today's modern MSW landfills are not like compost piles, where the purpose is to process materials in such a way that they will decompose quickly. Modern landfills are actually designed to keep waste from the environment and to minimize biodegradation. The reality is that very little waste biodegrades in a landfill, which is the goal. It is vitally important that any efforts regarding environmental, any other issues, be formulated by collecting and basing recommendations on comprehensive, accurate and meaningful information. Ray Ehrlich Dart Container Corporation


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