The eco-weenies on the California legislature will respond to these concerns by saying, “More evidence that American business hates the environment.”
From the Boston Globe:
SACRAMENTO – Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California’s Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins are razor thin.
BJ’s Kountry Kitchen, in the heart of California’s farm country, uses about 26,000 of the 9-inch foam clamshells a year, mostly for takeout by the customers who come in for the restaurant’s popular breakfast omelets.
“We put cheese on those omelets. And when we put the cheese on, it’s really hot and bubbly and it goes right through the biodegradable stuff,’’ he said. He said he expects his costs would more than double if the state requires him to use only biodegradable cartons.
The bill by state Senator Alan Lowenthal, a Democrat, would prohibit restaurants, grocery stores, and other vendors from dispensing food in expanded polystyrene containers beginning in 2016.
If signed into law, the measure would make California the first to institute a statewide ban on such containers.
It’ll harm the state’s economy, which is already mortally wounded, and why? To save the world from global warming using a method that might be worse than the original problem:
Research from North Carolina State University shows that so-called biodegradable products are likely doing more harm than good in landfills, because they are releasing a powerful greenhouse gas as they break down.
“Eco-loons: Proudly promoting the Law of Unintended Consequences since the 1970.”
Obligatory clip: George Carlin on “saving the planet” from styrofoam and plastic bags: