Please email or call your New York City Council Member today (find them here). Urge her/him to VOTE YES on Int #1060. There are currently 21 co-signers on this bill and 26 votes are needed for this bill to pass. We are so close to getting styrene foam out of our city. NYC Council Members need to hear from you! (learn more).
Here is a sample message:
Dear Council Member,
I urge you to vote yes for Int #1060 to ban foam to-go containers and to protect the health of all NYC communities and our environment.
Polystyrene is toxic and polluting from the start of manufacturing and then, forever. It is an outdated material, destructive to both our health and natural world, and is a serious threat to our seafood chain. It does not belongs in our city’s waste management plan, as it is a costly contaminant to our compost and plastics recycling streams.
Hot food served in styrene foam may be especially dangerous to young children, pregnant women, and to those in low-income neighborhoods, who are more likely to be eating food in these toxic containers on a regular basis. Many people are still unaware that styrene leaches into hot foods and that these foam containers should never be microwaved.
The decision to ban polystyrene to-go containers belongs to the people of NYC, not to the chemical and polystyrene industry!
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Cafeteria Culture is working with 15 environmental and community organizations to ensure the passage of this critical legislation (learn more here).
Thank you for taking action. Let's get toxic and polluting polystyrene foam out of our city and out of our lives!