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File #: 160538    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: LAPSED
File created: 5/19/2016 In control: Joint Committees on Streets and Services & The Environment
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Joint Committees on The Environment and Streets and Services to hold hearings to explore the feasibility of the curbside recycling of # 6 plastics expanded polystyrene foam products.
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Green
Attachments: 1. Signature16053800.pdf

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Authorizing the Joint Committees on The Environment and Streets and Services to hold hearings to explore the feasibility of the curbside recycling of # 6 plastics expanded polystyrene foam products.

 

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WHEREAS, Landfill space is limited with tipping fees and landfill fees are an increasing issue for the City of Philadelphia; and

 

WHEREAS, Expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) is a type of plastic product that is petroleum based and made from oil. EPS foam is lightweight, sturdy, insulated and inexpensive which makes it an ideal choice for businesses to develop numerous products; and

 

WHEREAS, EPS does not biodegrade; and

 

WHEREAS, EPS may only take up 0.01 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream by weight, its volume is the actual problem. By volume, the amount of plastics in landfills is between 25-30 percent; and

 

WHEREAS, The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam cups annually; and

 

WHEREAS, An outright ban on EPS in other municipalities has had mixed results and threats of litigation from manufacturers; and

 

WHEREAS, Diverting EPS from our landfills and recycling these plastics in an environmentally friendly and cost effective sustainable way is not only good for our City’s bottom line but good for our environment; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, That the Council of the City of Philadelphia, Hereby authorizes the Joint Committees on The Environment and Streets and Services to hold hearings to explore the feasibility of the curbside recycling of # 6 plastics, expanded polystyrene foam products.

 

 

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