Ban Styrofoam Containers in Southampton Town
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As residents of Southampton Town we are by location, water and land stewards of our community. We have the gift and the responsibility as a town to protect and care for our land and all of its ecological assets. We are dependent on the health of our water table, our fisheries and our farming soil, we must work to protect these things that sustain our own health and prosperity. We live in an incredibly delicate and unique ecosystem, we must work now to repair the damage of previous generations, and protect our future here as well.
In this spirit, I ask you to stand with me in that stewardship and request legislation to ban Styrofoam containers from Southampton Town, via my petition, "Suffolk County Says No To Styrofoam". Decide today, you will no longer accept a toxic conveyance for your food and drink.
Know that we are not alone in this, East Hampton Town has already gained immense headway on this same petition for their own town, lets go GREEN together! Southampton and East Hampton Townships can rid the entire South Fork of Long Island of Styrofoam containers, becoming an inspiring example to Suffolk County and our fellow Townships.
All too often, as I'm sure you've seen, Styrofoam drink and food containers lay strewn along road and tree lines, making their way into local beaches, waters and forest areas. Once a week I clean up a local beach in Southampton, where Styrofoam and plastic are the number one items I find by the shore.
Why is this important?
Styrofoam, is a petroleum product that has been found to be toxic to nature AND to the human body. In our land and aquatic life, it causes choking, starvation by blockage, poisoning and death when ingested, often done by unknowing and hungry wildlife. The EPA has named it the 5th largest source of hazardous waste in the U.S., a product that takes 500 years to biodegrade, or more likely never, like its' cousin, the plastic bag (which has already begun to be widely banned by counties, states and countries across the world).
How does it affect you? When you choose Styrofoam for a hot beverage or pick up a hot lunch in a to go container the heat causes the product to leach toxic chemicals such as benzene and stryene into your drink and food. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared stryene a very possible human carcinogen; other studies have linked the two chemicals to Parkinson's as well as leukemia. No matter how you spin it, you are ingesting petroleum bi-product every time you consume from these containers when heated.
With this knowledge in hand, let us join, Washington D.C, Seattle, cities in California, Florida, Maine and more in their wise decisions to move towards the future our next generations deserve inherit, let it begin with a ban on Styrofoam containers. The facts are there, its time to take action. Lets help our home. In today's world it is more important than ever that we ALL participate in creating a better tomorrow. If you agree and want to lend your voice, sign this Petition.
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