By Dr Joseph S Maresca
Major municipalities like New York and others in the United States face the prospect of citizens creating a growing amount of trash because of population increases, wasteful product packaging, and materials which defy decomposition.
Styrofoam cups are an example of inorganic materials which defy easy breakdown for recycling purposes. Seattle has banned these styrofoam cups with cities like New York likely soon to follow. Generally speaking, organically based materials may be disposed of more easily by natural processes like composting.
Right now, the restaurant industry in New York City is gearing up to thwart an effort by legislators to ban styrofoam cups. Continue reading