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The secret is out: Americans love take out food.

From the major fast food chains to the mom and pop restaurants in every city, the packaging required to get grub on the go has become a major plague on the environment worldwide.

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Urged by growing public sentiment, New York City’s new mayor Bill de Blasio finally took action against the clutter of plastic and foam that litters the sidewalks of America’s largest city. By banning the use of styrofoam and plastic food containers, Blasio keeps 30,000 tons of polystyrene waste from the landfills and waterways around the city.

Although a push to recycle these styrofoam containers was made in the last 10 years, it failed to work effectively and so the choice was clear: eliminate foam containers entirely.

Times are changing and Times Square will never be the same.

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Although general consensus is that NYC has made the right move, many small businesses may suffer as a result. Not surprisingly, the Restaurant Action Alliance has condemned the ban and called it an unfair burden to small business.

Green friendly cardboard containers cost more and although there is a 6 month grace period before this ban takes effect on July 1, many companies operate on a strict budget in which stocks of packaging can make or break them.

Despite these minor setbacks, the domino effect of these types of restrictions can only boost the health of our fragile ecosystems. Major cities including San Francisco, Portland, Washington and Minneapolis have also taken the steps towards a cleaner carry out convenience.

Original article published here.

 

 

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