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NY/NJ Baykeeper fights for access to fishable, swimmable, clean waterways across the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.
NY/NJ Baykeeper continues to be at the forefront of many environmental advocacy and legal campaigns.
The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, also known as the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, is a system of waterways and habitats that form one of the most intricate natural harbors in the world. Since 1989, NY/NJ Baykeeper has worked to protect, preserve and restore the environment of the most urban estuary on Earth.
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March 1, 2016
Why We're Waging a War on Polystyrene Foam
Our fast-paced lifestyle calls for throw-away convenience in the form of single-use plastic bottles, bags, utensils, and take-out food boxes. Take-out is commonly packaged in polystyrene foam, the most prevalent type of plastic polluting NY and NJ waterways, according to NY/NJ Baykeeper's NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Plastic Collection Report.
New Yorkers, alone, use nearly 30,000 tons of foam each year, but at what cost to our environment?
Behold, the various threats posed by polystyrene foam:
The solution to reducing polystyrene foam's impact on our environment is to simply stop using single-use plastics.
There is a major effort in the NY-NJ region to eliminate polystyrene foam products from the food service industry. NY/NJ Baykeeper was one of 50 organizations to urge NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to take immediate action and ban such products. Click here to view the letter sent to the Mayor on February 28, 2016. NYC had passed a polystyrene ban in 2015, but it was overturned to appease big business (Dart Container Company). The truth of the matter is that we should not be using disposable products that are not only toxic but are non-biodegradable. An example of a sustainable alternative is compostable paper.
You can help by eliminating polystyrene foam and other single-use plastics from your everyday life. Bring your own coffee cup and ask for take-out to be packaged in aluminum foil if a biodegradable option is not available. Click here for more plastic-free tips.
Communications and Outreach Associate