City Ban on Styrofoam

City Ban on Styrofoam

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Courtney Sanchez started this petition to City Counsel of Springfield

Styrofoam is non-degradable and non-recyclable, but it is still a huge part of our every day lives. Experts estimate that styrofoam takes upwards of 500 years to decompose. This is a major environmental problem. Every single day, 1,300 tons of styrofoam is buried into U.S. landfills. A report from the EPA stated that "the manufacturing process of styrofoam is rated as the 5th largest source of hazardous waste." Not only does this end up in our landfills, but it also finds its way into our oceans and waterways. 80% of marine trash can be attributed to urban runoff. Styrofoam has also been proven to be a health hazard. Two major toxins found in plastic foam are benzene and styrene. Benzene is a known carcinogen, it can be transferred into food when the foam is heated. Styrene is a suspected carcinogen, linked to cancer, vision loss, and nervous system effects. Just like benzene, when we use foam containers or cups for hot food/drinks, styrene also leaches into our bodies. Many cities across the country have already taken action against styrofoam, recently a place close to home, Fayetteville, AR was able to pass a city-ban. I urge you to join me in helping make our community a safer and greener place for ourselves and our future generations. 

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