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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   No foam for you. Minneapolis considers banning foam take out containers. Large Cokes, politically incorrect people and Bloomberg terminal next on agenda   (startribune.com) divider line 19
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2014-05-13 10:33:34 AM  
7 votes:
Banning drink sizes was the dumbest farking thing ever but banning materials that end up in landfills may have merit.
2014-05-13 01:51:26 PM  
4 votes:

ZAZ: In my area they're going after plastic bags because that's the progressive thing to do. The supermarkets already recycle bags (Shaws) or use paper (Trader Joe's). Little stores would be exempt. Sometimes even a part time legislative body has too much time on its hands.



Here in DC we instituted a small tax on plastic bags (the disposable type) because they were everywhere, garbaging up our waterways. $0.05 per bag, which is really not even something you'd even notice on your grocery bill (especially in the sity where you're not bringing home 3.2 metric tons of food from Costco - the apartments are small in the city!).

Even though the tax was insignificant it had a profound effect psychologically - people utterly HATE being charged for something they think of as "free" even if those things really aren't free (nothing is) no matter how small the new price is. It had a major impact in short order, and we don't see near as many of those bags farking up our waterways. Visibly less pollution, still have the option of the bags when you really need them and the bag cost at $0.05 is completely negligable when you do need one - everyone wins.


I fail to see this as a "progressive thing to do" - it's just a "not wanting humans to be dickheads who unthinkingly fling their bullshiat everywhere like some kind of moronic animal 'thing'." I mean, if you want to cede the "not being dickheads" ground to progressives, then by all means. But personally, even though I'm not a progressive myself I'd rather we not all act like mentally handicapped dickheads, polluting everything around us "because reasons". Doesn't seem like a progressive or conservative thing, just a non-dickhead thing.
2014-05-13 11:11:32 AM  
3 votes:
It's 2014 and they're just getting around to banning styrofoam?
Get with the times!

Do you hicks still burn tires?
2014-05-13 01:34:37 PM  
2 votes:
Hurrrrr banning stuff is for stupid pussy liberuls durrrr
2014-05-14 11:14:54 AM  
1 votes:

Destructor: . Generally, when you're not on Troll Police detail, you rarely contribute meaningfully to any thread choosing instead to offer your own special brand of observational insights often in the form of put downs. Pick a thread at random and check it. "Study it out". (I'm sure you'll conclude that there's so much derp, and so little time or something...)


Translation: I got called out for making trolling comments and now I am mad.

Dude, you should go back to telling us how "we didn't listen" to RON PAUL.
2014-05-13 05:21:27 PM  
1 votes:

mrshowrules: Banning drink sizes was the dumbest farking thing ever but banning materials that end up in landfills may have merit.


Styrofoam doesnt have to end up in landfills.  It burns fairly readily.
2014-05-13 03:08:27 PM  
1 votes:

Destructor: Offer a base $1000 reward for clear photographic evidence of some nitwit polluting leading to a conviction. It might be more if it's a serious case of dumping (for example). You can only claim the reward once or twice a year (attempt to stop fakers). If you're caught faking to get a reward, you get a massive fine and real jail time.

Someone convicted of the crime pays at least $2k + work community service in the form of litter pickup for a year


each winter hobo teams could trade off who litters and who takes the pictures then the convicted gets a place to sleep and the photog can rent a hovel for the winter months.
2014-05-13 02:22:50 PM  
1 votes:

jjorsett: ZAZ: In my area they're going after plastic bags because that's the progressive thing to do. The supermarkets already recycle bags (Shaws) or use paper (Trader Joe's). Little stores would be exempt. Sometimes even a part time legislative body has too much time on its hands.

Remember when plastic bags were the answer because they saved trees? Why DOES TRADER JOE'S HATE TREES?



No, but then again I'm only 40.

And if we did try and save trees with the us of plastic was it old growth trees? The kind that can't really be replaced? Are you saying it was a wise strategy?

Trees in general are a renewable resource if you're smart about them. Planting relatively fast growing trees and then making a circuit around various areas you have planted before as the trees mature. Keep cutting down the oldest trees you planted and re-planting as you go. That's a sustainable practice. Cutting down redwoods to make popsicle sticks or clothes hangars or something is NOT.

So maybe you're talking about some ill-conceived campaign. OK.... it was ill conceived. Nothing wrong with trying to replace disposable plastic bags with something that won't be our civilization taking a massive shiat all over our biosphere like a bunch of dickheads. There's a patch of plastic garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the size of farking Texas for Christ's sake...
2014-05-13 02:19:22 PM  
1 votes:

jjorsett: ZAZ: In my area they're going after plastic bags because that's the progressive thing to do. The supermarkets already recycle bags (Shaws) or use paper (Trader Joe's). Little stores would be exempt. Sometimes even a part time legislative body has too much time on its hands.

Remember when plastic bags were the answer because they saved trees? Why DOES TRADER JOE'S HATE TREES?


Plastic bags was a greenwashing campaign by the petroleum industry to sell more petroleum products.

I'm just making that up but it sounds good right?
2014-05-13 02:14:59 PM  
1 votes:

ZAZ: In my area they're going after plastic bags because that's the progressive thing to do. The supermarkets already recycle bags (Shaws) or use paper (Trader Joe's). Little stores would be exempt. Sometimes even a part time legislative body has too much time on its hands.


Remember when plastic bags were the answer because they saved trees? Why DOES TRADER JOE'S HATE TREES?
2014-05-13 02:13:01 PM  
1 votes:
Would you like fries with that? Here, hold out your hands.
2014-05-13 01:52:47 PM  
1 votes:

mrshowrules: Banning drink sizes was the dumbest farking thing ever but banning materials that end up in landfills may have merit.


Minnesota is a big fishing state and if you've spent anytime fishing you know that a lot of styrofoam ends up in the reeds and backwaters.  Unfortunately, much of that is careless handing of bait.
2014-05-13 01:46:09 PM  
1 votes:

Smeggy Smurf: I call bullshiat.  Nobody in America takes home anything from their portions large enough to feed an African family for a week.  We just eat it all because we're either fat fat fatties


In Minneapolis, a very, very large number of workers buy takeout meals from restaurants in the skyways. It's not so much the "doggy bag" type of to-go box use as the "take away meal" type, at least in this case. Worse, a lot of the skyway restaurants give you your styrofoam-contained lunch in a convenient plastic carrying bag.
2014-05-13 01:41:35 PM  
1 votes:

Mrs.Sharpier: Hurrrrr banning stuff is for stupid pussy liberuls durrrr


You mean like banning gay marriage?
2014-05-13 01:40:10 PM  
1 votes:
When foam is outlawed only outlaws will have foam.
2014-05-13 01:39:20 PM  
1 votes:
The problem with polystyrene isn't so much that it isn't recyclable and doesn't biodegrade in the land fill.  A card board pizza box isn't very recyclable and take  years to boidegrade in a land fill.  The problem happens when it doesn't end up in the land fill.
2014-05-13 01:34:33 PM  
1 votes:
I'd be happy to see restaurants switch to a rigid waxed paper type of carry-out container similar to Chinese food boxes. Styrofoam is just not a durable enough material.
2014-05-13 01:30:35 PM  
1 votes:
Good... I hate foam cups. Either the straw pokes a hole in the side and it leaks, the lid won't stay on, or you brush something against it(Sometimes another cup) and the sound send me into fits. Ban 'em all!!

Also, in situations like this, I can't understand why the 'container industry' gives a fark. They make more than the foam cups, and if it's more expensive for the businesses, since the foam isn't available, they pay more or don't sell drinks. The container industry should see this as a push at worst and an increase in profits at the best.
2014-05-13 01:28:44 PM  
1 votes:

Honest Bender: It's 2014 and they're just getting around to banning styrofoam?
Get with the times!

Do you hicks still burn tires?


Have a better way to heat the house?
 
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