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Lefty Law of the Day: Albany Lands Blow Against Big … Styrofoam

Bizarrely, the ban only extends to businesses with 15 locations, only one of which must be in the county. Huh?

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David Steinberg

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December 13, 2013 - 10:10 am

In early November, the Albany County legislature voted 24-12 to forbid the use of styrofoam containers by county businesses with more than 15 locations nationally and at least one locally. Yesterday, it was signed into law.

This bill thus allows the continued usage of styrofoam by the majority of Albany businesses, but responds to an apparent wave of Albany County citizen displeasure with the menace of local corporations with at least 14 locations nationally and at least one locally that maybe sell soup. Bastards.

Below, freedom fighter County Executive Dan McCoy signs the bill into law on the county’s Bingo/prom punch folding table as two middle-aged Albany men — both of them likely victims of, and vocal advocates against, styrofoam products manufactured by corporations with at least 15 locations nationally and at least one locally that maybe sell soup — look on:

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(photo by VOSPMBCWAL15LNAALOLTMSSOUP, Albany Chapter)

How does McCoy feel about all this? (Note: the bar for “groundbreaking” has been lowered):

The effort to go green in one upstate New York county got a big boost today as groundbreaking legislation that will change the way many fast food chains distribute their products was signed.

Proclaiming the occasion “a great day for Albany County,” County Executive Dan McCoy signed a Styrofoam ban into law at Bethlehem Town Hall. The ban passed the County Legislature in early November in a 24-12 vote and only applies to businesses with at least 15 locations nationally. But McCoy says the new law doesn’t go far enough. “We’re gonna do everything in our power to reduce, re-use and recycle.”

Of course, New York State will suffer an immediate economic hit. In addition to the extra burden placed on these handpicked private sector businesses, New York has a large styrofoam manufacturer in Canandaigua which will suffer if New York City adopts a similar ban, as is expected:

If New York City bans food-service packaging made of polystyrene — commonly called by the trade name Styrofoam — Pactiv Corp. would take a big hit. The Illinois-based manufacturer whose Canandaigua plant employs more than 800 people supplies a bulk of the foam packaging sold in New York City.

“Estimated total annual sales combined for all foam manufacturers of polystyrene foam containers such as clamshells, cups, plates and bowls in New York City are currently $97.1 million, of which Pactiv has a large share of that business,” said Pactiv’s business manager for sustainability, Mark Spencer, in an email from Pactiv headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill. “This would be a direct loss in sales and would cost New York City businesses, consumers and agencies at least an additional $91.3 million per year because they would be forced to switch to higher-cost alternatives.”

So: why this law, now?

Environmental advocates have long warned that Styrofoam containers will take 500 years to biodegrade.

Yes. But is there an accompanying problem associated with that fact — i.e., has any human or animal been harmed, or are any likely to be harmed by the product?

I have a call into Dan McCoy about that.

David Steinberg is the New York City Editor of PJ Media. Follow his tweets at @DavidSPJM.

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Unless the headline is erroneous, this law might be totally useless. Styrofoam (R) is the blue rectangular insulation pieces that you put into walls. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is the foam used in food containers.
Either way, it's a stupid law. Companies like McDonalds that aren't using EPS are using an impregnated cardboard that also doesn't decompose.
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My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do>>>>>>>>>>>> www.jobs35.com
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Well this law may be intended to hit the fast food purveyors but it will hit many others such as: restaurant food suppliers (Sysco) grocery chains (Walmart), home repair (home depot and lowes). So then it will trickle down to all of the mom and pops since they will not be able to purchase any of these products. Oh no more styrofoam plates for the picnic, nor cups for the local football games. No more packing materials for breakable goods, electronics etc. (hmmm lets see Amazon can't ship to Albany County). Gosh they are so smart to pass such laws......
1 year ago
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Since most people are slobs.......and throw their garbage in public places......I can't disagree with this law.

Use paper containers.. )'(
1 year ago
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Eventually, your progressive masters will get around to banning something or an activity that gores your ox. Its what they do.

On a more comical note, this local county ordinance, based on my understanding of the folks who were happily excluded from it, will be voided on first challenge. Albany county cannot regulate interstate commerce.

There is enough stupid to go around in the NY political environment. Have some, but not in a Styrofoam cup.
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so no more take out for people, they voted for this man, they lose.

I can see it now, the person wants a doggie bag, and the restaurant says no styrofoam containers, use a napkin, or use your own bag.
1 year ago
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One thing they should outlaw is plastic tampon applicators. When I lived in Rhode Island, empty plastic tampon applicators were the main form of aquatic wildlife in Narragansett Bay. I'm thinking of offering a new line of wooden tampon applicators. They'll be hand made by traditional New England woodturners and finished with rich, natural carnauba wax. No exotic hardwoods, of course - only sustainable. We don't want to pull a Gibson. And best of all, they'll be completely biodegradable.
1 year ago
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Unless the headline is erroneous, this law might be totally useless. Styrofoam (R) is the blue rectangular insulation pieces that you put into walls. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is the foam used in food containers.
Either way, it's a stupid law. Companies like McDonalds that aren't using EPS are using an impregnated cardboard that also doesn't decompose.
1 year ago
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like your comment, because if they messed up, then the law won't apply.
1 year ago
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Anyone who regularly fishes on fresh water lakes knows that styrofoam degrades a lot quicker than 500 years. Try 1, maybe two.
1 year ago
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so who wants this garbage in a lake???...Use paper
1 year ago
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This should be a real boon for the wooden porringer industry. Georgia Pacific might be happy, too.
1 year ago
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Heh! I get an image of a blind person on a corner holding his porringer out - with a sign saying "Alms for the poor" on it.


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As the nation spins off into the misty realm where its elected officials and bureaucrats no longer pretend to take their management duties seriously, it's only natural that they spend their time on useless projects. Enter environmentalism, an activist realm with more phony facts than an ObamaCare Navigator.

For example, the EPA recently declared CO2 to be a poison... despite the fact that all plant life on Earth depends on CO2 to live. The capacity of humanity to inflict harm on itself is limitless.
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"14 locations nationally and at least one locally that maybe sell soup"

So it's a law designed to protect small, local businesses against national competition.

What part of "equal protection" don't they understand?
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That would be the 'equal' part.

Our government has become a protection racket. THAT part they understand very well.

By the way. Nice website you got here. Be a shame if something were to happen to it...Like an audit or somethin', right Rocko?

Orion
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Beat me to it. Qui bono? Just look for who's getting hit and how it benefits the local competition.
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