Obviously this post is a little late for most people to get to the rally (I just heard about it), but I wanted to give some visibility to the topic; I had no idea New York public schools were still using styrofoam trays, so perhaps some of you didn’t know either. Certainly there are more environmentally-friendly options available, and the school system is a huge market for them. Thanks to RecycleThis! NYC for the tip.
NY City Councilperson Bill De Blasio and Parents Rally to Tell NYC Department of Education (DOE) to Stop Using Styrofoam Trays in Our Public Schools
Did you know that each day, NYC public schools serve meals on Styrofoam trays?
It is estimated that 850,000 trays are used daily throughout the public schools– that’s 4,250,000 trays during one school week!
These trays are then thrown out, discarded, into our already overused landfills. These trays do not decompose. These trays, as they fall apart, prevent other trash from decomposing. These trays cannot be recycled. Additionally, studies suggest the possibility of chemical migration into the food our children eat each day.
When: Tuesday, June 26th at 1pm
Where: Steps of City Hall
Who: Public School Parents and Councilmember Bill de Blasio
Please call Jean Weinberg at 212-788-6969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We hope you can join us on Tuesday!