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New York City Council Member Fernando Cabrera Announces Support of Comprehensive Foam Recycling Plan


Councilmembers Cabrera, Dickens, and Rose Announce Citywide Foam Recycling Event on January 9th
(New York, NY) – Members of PS Recycle It, a coalition of restaurant owners, recycling industry leaders, foam manufacturers, and the Restaurant Action Alliance, joined New York City Council Member Fernando Cabrera at a press conference on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 to announce support for comprehensive foam recycling and the potential for new legislation that would allow the City to recycle 100 percent of its foam. Recycling polystyrene foam has the potential to bring in millions of dollars in savings to New York City, and create hundreds of safe, well-paying jobs.
“Because I believe in recycling over the detriments of landfilling, I have submitted a legislative request that would allow the City to recycle 100% of its foam, at no cost to taxpayers. Every step of the process – from the curbside pickup to the sorting to the cleaning and actual recycling – is taken care of in the proposal. The bottom line is that we must embrace foam recycling because it’s good for the environment and good for small businesses,” Councilman Cabrera said.
The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s New York State Supreme Court decision denying New York City’s motion to appeal an earlier decision overturning the City’s ban on foam foodservice products.
As a sign of their commitment to recycling, Councilmembers Deborah Rose of District 49 in Staten Island and Inez Dickens of District 9 in Harlem will join Councilman Cabrera in a citywide foam recycling event on January 9th. New York City residents are urged to save the foam packaging from holiday gifts (in addition to foam cups and containers) and bring them to specified sites in several boroughs for drop-off and recycling. The event will be the City’s very first multi-borough foam recycling event.
Councilwoman Rose expressed her support of recycling by saying, “As a native of a borough with a long history of landfilling and waste management, I’m particularly committed to recycling. My constituents encounter packing foam at this time of year, and so I encourage them to attend the January 9th recycling day generously sponsored by PS Recycle It and the coalition it represents. This event costs taxpayers nothing and benefits our environment.“
Other City Council members have voiced their support for foam recycling and the subsequent benefits to their constituents and the environment. Jumaane B. Williams, Chair of the Committee on Housing and Buildings and Council Member from the 45th District, said, “Our city faces some enormous challenges – from improving and expanding affordable housing to policing and security to making our schools as they great as they can be. Recycling shouldn’t be a challenge, it should be a given. If we can enact a recycling plan for foam and other plastics at no cost to taxpayers, we should embrace it and move on.”
Details on the January 9th foam recycling roundup will be available in the coming days. For more information, please email Sarah Gould at