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State Senator Nozzolio And Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb Oppose Mayor Bloomberg's Ban On Polystyrene Foam

Letter to Mayor Details Costs to State Businesses and Jobs, Urges Recycling

NEW YORK, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb today urged New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council to reconsider a potential ban on polystyrene foam foodservice.  They have both sent official letters to Mayor Mike Bloomberg highlighting the negative effects on state-wide businesses and the 1,200 polystyrene jobs in New York State that will be in jeopardy if such a ban is instituted in the five boroughs.      

"A ban in New York City would have an immediate and dire effect on the in-state businesses that supply New York City restaurants and food service establishments with these containers," said Senator Nozzolio. "This ban will not only harm businesses and consumers in Mayor Bloomberg's backyard – it will also destroy jobs in mine.  I urge the Mayor and the City Council to explore the option of recycling instead of a ban."

Because of its light weight and low price, most polystyrene foam foodservice is manufactured in close proximity to its final market.  This means that a ban in New York City will have a deep impact on New York companies that manufacture the foam.  The largest manufacturer, which employs over 1,000 New Yorkers, is located in Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Kolb's district.

The letter comes after the release of an economic impact study which shows the proposed ban will cost the city and state's businesses, consumers, agencies and tax payers nearly $500 million each year. 

"The impact of a ban on polystyrene foam in New York City would be devastating for localities across the state – especially in my district, where manufacturing is an economic engine," Leader Kolb said.  "At a time when New York still faces steep fiscal challenges, we cannot afford to introduce measures that eliminate jobs, increase regulatory hurdles and drive expenses up for taxpayers.  I encourage the Mayor and City Council to consider alternatives that would preserve jobs and maintain financial stability in our communities." 

Paper products, such as coffee cups and paper food service items, are the most common alternative to foam and cannot be recycled according to the City of New York Department of Sanitation's own website.  These products also do not insulate as well, leading to double cupping or the use of a sleeve, which actually increases solid waste and would further increase costs.

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