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Recycling Polystyrene for a Healthy Environment

By on Jun 1, 2016 in News, Tourism

The polystyrene industry asserts a recycling rate of approximately 12-percent, in accordance with the Alliance for Foam Packaging Recycling, but contains bits from EPS making, which are immediately reused. The fact is that it is more affordable and often simpler to produce polystyrene that is new than it really is to gather, transport and process stuff for recycling. The most immediate method for clients to recycle polystyrene may be to reuse it. It really is perfect for packaging materials, even though this process doesn’t perform as properly with coffee cups and forks. Packaging peanuts used and can merely be gathered again. Retailers occasionally gather rigid packaging and separated in to small parts to used as loose packing material. Poly styrene that has been utilized may also be reprocessed in creating other goods to be used. The issues of recycling polystyrene and the advantages are a good example when we’re looking at ways to preserve resources and protect the ecosystem of the complicated problems that can appear. The remedies, as in the instance of poly styrene, aren’t difficult. But we cannot automatically duck the issue by looking at stuff that is alternative, possibly. Or does it break up in landfills. Even a pot that’s ceramic continues to use electricity to warm the water needed to clean considerably more energy to produce than a polystyrene one is demanded by it. There may be a savings over time, as it sometimes seems but the choice isn’t as noticeable. The polystyrene business continues to be working to make recycling the stuff more easy for customers. By way of example, the website of the Plastic Loose Fill Council may direct you for your nearby firm that accepts used packaging. Or it is possible to contact their “Peanut Hot Line” to discover where to consider loose EPS. Carrying truckloads of sunshine, cumbersome polystyrene to centers that are recycling is usually not economical. Recyclers have found approaches to compact the stuff to some measurements that were more manageable. Froth packaging is, considered by balers compress it and reducing the volume significantly. Still another strategy would be to use a solvent that is natural, limonene. EPS melts and concentrates and may itself be re-used. Compression uses warmth...

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Why The Foam Ban Being Overturned in NYC is a Good Thing

Why The Foam Ban Being Overturned in NYC is a Good Thing

By on Sep 29, 2015 in News

Many people that live outside of New York are scarcely even aware that a New York foam ban even existed. The ban was on the type of foam that is used for Styrofoam cups and the clamshells that are used to package food from restaurants. New York made the decision to ban these materials because of the controversy that surrounds the use of these materials concerning the health of the environment. Eventually, they made a decision to ban them entirely but that decision has recently been overturned by a judge. There are two reasons why this is a good thing, even for those that are concerned about the health of the planet. The first involves simple economics, especially concerning individuals that purchase food and drink from commercial locations. The second involves the success of these businesses and how the two intertwine with each other to contribute to the overall health of the economy. Economics When it comes to economics, especially in this day and time, everyone gets nervous. The truth is, working class people are stretched so thin from a financial perspective that they can hardly afford to pay an additional amount of money for anything. In many cases, they are working two and sometimes three jobs and they are barely able to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Those that are forced to eat lunch out because they work all the time were then going to face paying even higher prices because of the bans on foam. Now that the ban has been lifted, they no longer have to worry about paying these additional fees. This it is ultimately good for the health of the economy and it is vitally important that those who are already being pinched the most do not find themselves holding the bag for yet another expense. Business Success By the same token, businesses were in a position where they knew it was going to cost them more money to obtain materials that were environmentally friendly and they were being forced to pass this hike in costs on to their customers. Many businesses were very concerned about the potential of losing business as a direct result of all of...

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Settlement Houses – Not Just a Thing of the Past

By on Jun 5, 2013 in News

Today, many people are unaware of the myriad of community resources available to them, including settlement houses. In order to dive deeper into this issue, we first have to tackle the issue of what a settlement house entails. People who have heard the term “settlement house” may be remembering it from history class, as term came about during the settlement movement which peaked in the 1920’s.  Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch (1867–1951) was an American city planner and social worker who explained that the goal of a settlement house “is to bring about a new kind of community life […] through the personalized and direct involvement with the individual”.  Although this definition is almost a century old, it remains as true today as it was when she said it. A modern settlement house is a neighborhood-based organization that provides services and activities designed to identify and reinforce the strengths of individuals, families and communities.  Its services range from job training and employment programs, to early childhood and youth programs, to literacy and citizenship education and even mental health and home care. Many people who participate in settlement programs live within walking distance and typically, many of the staff members are also neighborhood residents, helping to foster a sense of community. Despite the lack of awareness, settlement houses are still fairly prevalent; United Neighborhood Houses (UNH), a nonprofit based in New York, runs 38 settlement houses in the NYC area alone. UNH provides services to over half a million New Yorkers at more than 400 sites, with close to 10,000 staff members and 7,500 volunteers. UNH boasts an impressive Board of Directors, including Lewis Kramer, a retired Partner of Ernst & Young LLP and Alain Kodsi, Managing Director at Heights Partners.  Today, UNH’s membership comprises one of the largest human service systems in New York City, which draws on over 90 years of experience in the social reform field. UNH does its utmost to support its members through policy development, advocacy and capacity-building...

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Mayor Bloomberg Continues the Fight on Foam

By on May 10, 2013 in News

Over the past decade, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made a number of changes to better the lives of New Yorkers. From curbing smoking to cutting trans fats and sugary drinks, these regulations often seemed unthinkable at first, but with time, have lead to tangible results—increased life expectancies, a reduced number of homicides, and an increased number of tourist visits, among other accomplishments. With less than a year left in his position, Bloomberg is hoping to tackle a whole host of issues, one of which includes the New York City foam ban. The aim of the ban is to eliminate the use of certain polystyrene foam products, which damage the environment, from stores and restaurants. “Something that we know is environmentally destructive and that may be hazardous to our health, that is costing taxpayers money and that we can easily do without, and is something that should go the way of lead paint,” said Bloomberg, regarding foam products. According to Bloomberg’s office, plastic foam is responsible for roughly 20,000 tons of the city’s annual waste. It has already been banned in several major cities on the West coast, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. The proposal faced sharp criticism from numerous retail and fast food joints which rely on these products as an efficient and effective way to serve customers items to-go. Dunkin Donuts noted that it has experimented with and continues to experiment with various types of plastics, but none are as effective as polystyrene. They insist that banning this plastic will only lead to an increase in other types of harmful plastics, thereby reinstating the issue. With his remaining few months, Bloomberg is focusing extensively on recycling and eliminating waste. He plans to double the current number of recycling containers from 1,000 to 2,000. Since becoming mayor in 2002, Bloomberg’s reforms have touched varying facets of New Yorkers lives. In the health care sphere, he’s increased taxes on tobacco to curb smoking, banned smoking from restaurants and bars, increased HIV testing, and mandated calorie postings by restaurant chains, among other measures.  He’s also focused on environmentalism, vowing to replace the city’s current taxis with hybrid vehicles. As of 2008, over 1,000 taxis had...

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