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Judge Overturns City’s Ban on Plastic Foam.

De Blasio administration officials Tuesday broke ground on a first-of-its-kind combination homeless shelter/affordable housing development in the Bronx, part of an effort to maximize resources to combat the parallel problems. A Manhattan judge Tuesday overturned Mayor de Blasio’s ban on plastic foam — commonly known as Styrofoam — trashing the administration’s environmental initiative to reduce waste in the city’s landfills.A state judge Tuesday struck down New York City’s ban on takeout containers made of plastic foam, saying the city’s position that the material couldn’t be readily recycled was wrong.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has proposed new zoning rules that would require developers in certain parts of the city to set aside 25 percent of their units for affordable housing. The new $62 million “Landing Road Residence” in the borough’s University Heights section will feature 135 units of housing alongside a 200-bed shelter for homeless working adults.

With many streets closed, deliveries postponed and traffic more congested than ever, New Yorkers will need a stiff upper lip, and maybe a stiff drink to carry on. In July, the city banned all businesses in the five boroughs from using plastic foam containers after Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia determined that the squeaky packaging couldn’t be recycled if it was soiled with food.

The ban, which also eliminated the sale of the loose packing material known as peanuts, was one of the most significant environmental measures taken under Mayor Bill de Blasio. New York had been the largest city in America to prohibit the sale, possession and distribution of single-use polystyrene foam, threatening violators with steeper fines than those for marijuana offenses.

She noted that Commissioner of Sanitation Kathryn Garcia calculated that the city would save $400,000 a year if 40 percent less Styrofoam went into landfills. “The commissioner’s concern is not justified given the abundant evidence showing a viable and growing market for not just clean expanded polystyrene foam but post consumer material,” she said. “We disagree with the ruling,” said City Hall deputy press secretary Ishanee Parikh. “These products cause real environmental harm and we need to be able to prevent nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from entering our landfills, streets, and waterways. The New York Times ( ) reports that the first area to be considered in the mandatory inclusionary housing requirement would be East New York, Brooklyn, where significant new construction is scheduled. The shelter and the housing development will have separate entrances, but will share some of the same social services from the provider, the non-profit Bowery Resident’s Committee. No matter where the pontiff goes, from East Harlem to Ground Zero, from Madison Square Garden to the United Nations and through Central Park, he’s not likely to see a hooker, a disheveled bum, a pothole or a scrap of litter as the city pulls out the stops to put its best face forward.

Chan of State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Monday denied the city’s claim that recycling used polystyrene containers “was neither environmentally effective nor economically feasible.” The judge ordered the Sanitation Department to reconsider the ban in light of a proposal by a foam container manufacturer to pay for better machines to clean and sort the material and keep most of it out of landfills. In addition to providing a new type of mixed-use housing, the development is also a marked departure from past city policy, which relied heavily on for-profit providers to run homeless shelters. “Doesn’t it make a lot more sense to pay the good guys to run the shelters and have them take the same money and put it back into affordable housing?” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen. “That’s the big idea.” The new Landing Road Residence — which is primarily funded by the city, but also includes state and federal monies — is expected to open within two years. But some vendors said they won’t go back. “Styrofoam cups are cheaper and they also keep the coffee warmer,” said Alex Hwang, 39, manager at Midtown’s Dali Market. “But they are bad for the landfills. The containers, which break into tiny pieces and linger in landfills, have joined, at least for the moment, large sugary drinks in withstanding bans championed by Mr.

People have gotten used to paper cups.” Tyson Crosbie, 37, a barista at Midtown’s Culture Expresso, said plastic foam won’t be making a return to his coffee shop. “Our customers won’t like it,” Crosbie said. “They are also not good for the environment. Environmentalists have said the once-ubiquitous plastic-foam cups and clam shell-shaped containers that New Yorkers use to eat on the go can take decades to degrade, posing a threat to marine life. Crime is spiking often enough to be more than a fluke — witness the eight murders over just two days — and more ordinary forms of disorder are consistently visible. But under a compromise with business leaders, the legislation stipulated the ban would only go into place this July if industry officials failed to prove the foam could be recycled in an economically and environmentally reasonable manner. But New York’s ban was the biggest blow to the industry, which launched a well-funded, tightly coordinated campaign to overturn the legislation with a lawsuit.

The pro-foam effort was led by Dart Container company, which joined with restaurant owners to argue that the ban is “capricious,” “irrational” and “arbitrary.” In court documents, these fans of foam argued that the city’s review of the market for recycled foam was a “farce,” and that de Blasio was pandering to the city’s ultra-liberal green fringe. Justice Chan’s ruling, made public on Tuesday, hinged on the question of whether the city had broken its obligation to recycle the used containers, as long as it could do so in a way that was efficient and environmentally effective. As part of the plan, which Dart said it laid out to city officials in a dozen meetings before the ban was announced in January, the company would buy and install new sorting machines that it said would recover more than 90 percent of the foam.

Goldstein, a lawyer at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the court had “glossed over” evidence that plastic-foam containers could not be recycled. “There’s not a single major city in the nation that has successfully implemented a recycling program for used polystyrene food containers, and the reason is simple: It doesn’t make economic sense,” Mr. And now, swamped by the number of people who accepted his invitation and suffering an erosion of public support, he’s offering a do-nothing policy masquerading as a long-term solution. The fight for table scraps is intensifying as the grievance industry works at warp speed. “As always, this largely white middle class is taken for granted. The proof of the pudding came when Ben Carson foolishly answered a hypothetical question about Islam to say he could never support a Muslim for president.

One of her aides is taking the Fifth Amendment rather than tell Congress everything he knows about classified information and the private server she used. Why are her party rivals not burdened with her behavior and forced to declare their opinions in the same way all Republican candidates must answer for Carson’s far-lesser sin?

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