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#1534843 --- 10/16/19 11:28 AM Styro container ban
Teonan Offline
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Cayuga County to consider restaurant Styrofoam ban

AUBURN — A Cayuga County Legislature committee Tuesday approved establishing two public hearings later this year in order to get a sense of whether or not residents would support several other New York counties in banning restaurants from using Styrofoam containers.

The full Legislature would still need to approve the measure, but the Ways and Means committee unanimously voted to hold public hearings in November and December on the topic of banning disposable food service ware made of polystyrene foam.

Citing the U.S. Department of Health, the resolution notes that the styrene monomer used to make Styrofoam is classified as a human carcinogen and neurotoxin, and that there is no practical method to recycle the material.

Health and Human Services Committee Chair Elane Daly, D-Auburn, said the resolution was prompted by Legislature Chair Tucker Whitman, R-Sterling, receiving what she described as a full stack of letters from county residents calling for a ban.

But Daly said that doesn't mean the Legislature has made a decision either way. Rather, the resolution to hold public hearings is just a preliminary step to hear from voters on whether they would be in support of such a measure or not.

A draft version of a law for the ban is currently under review and could still be amended, Daly said, and is based on similar laws passed by Nassau, Albany, Suffolk and Westchester counties among others.

Like the resolution, the draft law notes styrene monomer is itself a health hazard, and that the incineration of polystyrene foam also releases toxic fumes.

The law would ban "all bowls, plates, cartons, cups, other containers, trays, or other items designed for one time use" by any food service establishment within the county.

That would include, according to the law, everything from grocery stores and food trucks to pubs and liquor stores.

The draft law does however provide for both "unique packaging hardship" or "financial hardship" exemptions under specific circumstances.

The draft law can be read in its entirety as a part of the Ways and Means committee's October agenda on the Cayuga County website at

If approved by the full Legislature, the public hearings would be scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 12 at the Legislative Chambers of the County Office Building at 160 Genesee St. in Auburn.

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#1535164 --- 10/24/19 10:58 AM Re: Styro container ban [Re: Teonan]
Teonan Offline
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Cayuga County seeking public input on proposed Styrofoam ban

Ryan Franklin
Updated Oct 23, 2019

AUBURN — The Cayuga County Legislature on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing on a proposed ban of single-use Styrofoam containers for food service in order to get residents and business's feedback on the proposal.

The public hearing on the law is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the County Office Building at 160 Genesee St., Auburn.

The current draft of the proposed local law would ban all "bowls, plates, cartons, cups, other containers, trays or other items designed for one time use," by any food service establishments in the county.

The law's definition of food service establishment would extend the ban to everything from grocery stores and food trucks to pubs and liquor stores, but it does include exemptions if "unique packaging hardship" or "financial hardship" can be proven.

Health and Human Services Committee Chair Elane Daly, D-Auburn, said that the resolution was prompted after Legislature Chair Tucker Whitman, R-Sterling received approximately 45 letters from residents asking for such a ban.

Whitman declined to comment for this story.

Legislators Andrew Dennison said during Tuesday's Legislature meeting that the county should be careful what it bases its final decision on, as public hearings on local laws typically get little response.

Basing the law on what he described as essentially a vocal minority rather than sound science or what the public or impacted businesses think would be unwise and potentially costly for residents and business, he said.

"We need to be pretty leery of this because it's pretty costly to live in upstate New York already," Dennison said.

Minority Leader Keith Batman, D-Springport, however noted that public hearings do see substantial turnout when the issue matters enough to residents, referring to a 2011 law requiring secondhand stores to register with the county.

The Legislature ended significantly altering that law based on the feedback it received from the public and especially the affected businesses, which Batman said is ultimately the goal of public hearings.

"As the chairman said, the idea is to listen to people and act accordingly," Batman said.
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#1536344 --- 11/28/19 02:30 PM Re: Styro container ban [Re: Teonan]
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A deer was found dead in a Thai national park with more than 15 pounds of trash in its stomach, according to officials.

Some of the items found inside the deer's intestinal tract included instant noodle flavoring bags, plastic bags, rubber gloves, hand towels, men's underwear and a straw rope, according to Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

(MORE: 104 pieces of plastic found in baby sea turtle that washed ashore in Florida)

The deer was found Monday at the Khun Sathan National Park in Nan, news agency AFP reported.

When animals eat trash, they often die of starvation because their stomachs are full but they are not receiving any nutrients from its contents.

Kriangsak Thanompun, director of the protected region in the Khun Sathan National Park, described the deer's death as a "tragedy" and called for the use of "nature-friendly products" rather than plastic.

"It shows we have to take seriously and reduce... single-use plastic," he told AFP.

Thailand is one of the world's largest consumers of plastic, with residents using about 3,000 single-use plastic bags each year to wrap street food, takeout coffee or groceries, according to AFP.

(MORE: Sperm whale found dead on Italian beach had plastic in its stomach, Greenpeace says)

The news comes months after an 8-month-old dugong named Marium, a loveable manatee-like animal that went viral for hugging its helpers in Thailand, died with plastic in her stomach.

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