TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Lawmakers in Rensselaer County are urging the state to completely eliminate the use of styrofoam statewide.
It’s a measure already adopted by communities across New York. Currently, Albany County has a ban on styrofoam containers in all restaurants, and lawmakers in Troy are attempting to pass a measure that would include a similar ban.
Among the environmental impact, the Rensselaer County Minority Legislature also said styrofoam is detrimental for our own health.
Minority Leader Peter Grimm said in a statement:
Hot foods and liquids actually start a partial breakdown of the styrofoam causing some toxins to be absorbed into our bloodstream and tissue.
The legislature will be taking public comment on the issue on Wednesday, September 4 in the legislative chambers.