A new bill has recently been introduced in New York State titled “Food Service Waste Reduction Act”. The author of this bill is state senator Liz Kruger. In a nutshell, this bill would require government agencies and municipalities that use traditional food service wares (single use plates, bowls & containers) made from polystyrene foam, to switch to an “affordable” alternative material that is compostable or recyclable. A definition of affordable was given to be not more than a 15% increase over current costs.
Although a clear cut reason for this bill was not evident within the context, one could reason that it is designed to reduce waste as its title suggests. Or it may be designed to reduce litter. Either way, I just don’t see what a bill like this will do other than increase a food service entities already stretched budget. Read the rest of this entry »