ACC study hits proposed EPS ban
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
A new study sponsored by the American Chemistry Council says that New York City's proposed ban on expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) containers would cost over $91 million annually while doing little to reduce waste.
The findings, prepared by MB Public Affairs, estimate that should an EPS ban in the Big Apple take effect, the cost of affected food and beverage containers would rise 94 percent over current levels. New York City restaurants would see an average of $57 million in annual packaging cost increases under the proposed ban, according to the study. Additionally, city agencies would see their annual packaging costs increase from $12 million, currently, to $23 million per year under the proposal.
The study also points out that the New York Department of Sanitation says many paper-based food service packaging cannot be recycled, due to high levels of grease and food contaminants.