Thursday, June 15, 2006

City of Santa Monica bans styrofoam



Kudos to the City of Santa Monica! Our City Council just took a bold, proactive step in addressing contamination by styrofoam disposables: ban the stuff altogether.


Council member Kevin McKeown championed a more expansive ban, including non-recyclable plastics in addition to styrofoam. Key to the discussion is styrofoam and plastics' impacts on our marine environment - these nasty synthetics stick around for an eternity, endangering wildlife, choking ecosytems, and spoiling our surf sessions.

How will this affect businesses? What sort of price tag will this carry? And might there be an opportunity to encourage more people to bring their own containers for carry out?

3 comments:

Maya said...

Hi there Anna, how r u? I'm happy to tell you that I've started knitting those collected plastic bags (while waiting around at my shop), and it's beena great project for me. Now I'm running out of plastic bags and my tote bag isn't finished...:-D

Here's link to my post: (pls copy and paste cause link is long...no space in between)
http://saya--myphilosophy.blogspot.com/
2006/06/used-plastic-bags-knitting.html

So have you started yours? :-)

Siel said...

Just as an FYI -- More Hip than Hippie is encouraging people to take their own takeout containers -- their most recent podcast's about their experience doing just that :)

James Rubenol said...

I’m curious as to what constitutes a “bold proactive step” according to you. Typically bold and proactive would mean that we are moving forward, i.e. investing in new technologies, punishing those responsible, etc…I don’t know when punishing the industry for consumers laziness became a proactive step in California.
Recently I read that there is a researcher by the name of Kevin O'Conner from the University of Dublin that has found a way to make Styrofoam recyclable by metabolizing the ingredient that makes Styrofoam so difficult to recycle, styrene. Here are a couple links that discuss the method:
http://www.fiveregionsofthefuture.com/region/entries/BacteriaConvertsStyreneIntoPlastic
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=0007B0AE-88AF-13FF-88AF83414B7F0000
http://www.seedmagazine.com/news/2006/03/solving_the_styrofoam_situatio.php

With recent advancements in alternative energies which can help the heating process necessary for this bacteria to make Styrofoam biodegradable. Another thing is that Polystyrene is that when burned it produces 16,000 BTU’s/lb (about twice the energy output of coal), allowing even further advancements plausible.

I say, punish those responsible for littering by imposing huge fines and put the money into clean up and towards true proactive steps such as Kevin O’Conner’s studies. Polystyrene is a very efficient substance, 98% air, keeps things hot/cold, and light weight, no reason to get rid of a good product when there are other solutions.

James Rubenol
jrubenol@hotmail.com