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By Jeremy Oberstein | October 15, 2008
BURBANK — Proponents of banning plastic bags and Styrofoam in Burbank found an ally Tuesday, as the City Council asked staff members to move forward with a plan detailing ways to eliminate the environmental irritants. The plan, brought forward by Recycling Coordinator Kreigh Hampel, includes further educational outreach to businesses and a promise to support future state legislation — should any be enacted in Sacramento next year. “We’re not talking about a ban tonight, just education,” Hampel said at the meeting.
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October 25, 2008
In tough economic times, a city sometimes needs to choose between two pressing concerns. That’s the situation Burbank is facing now, as its City Council considers ways to eliminate plastic bags and Styrofoam in the city. If the city ends up adopting a ban — still a distant possibility at this stage — it may benefit the environment immensely by removing a top pollutant from trash cans, sidewalks and landfills. But it may have a negative impact on the business climate in the city.
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By Rachel Kane | January 9, 2008
BURBANK — Burbank Unified School District administrators are testing a Styrofoam recycling plan in Burbank elementary schools this year in an effort to reduce waste. But Burbank Recycling Center officials say the plan, which consists of recycling Styrofoam eating trays, may not deliver the environmental friendliness they want.. District officials struck a deal in October with PDR Inc., a recycling company that specializes in Styrofoam, for the pick-up of the plates. They hope the program will reduce waste disposal costs while helping the environment.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | May 14, 2008
Some Burbank restaurants are asking the City Council to reconsider a plan to ban Styrofoam because the move could economically harm their way of life. City officials, however, maintain that the time is right to do away with an environmentally unfriendly substance. At its April 29 meeting, the City Council voted 3 to 2 to develop a phased-in approach for the reduction and eventual elimination of Styrofoam. Public Works Department staff members are scheduled to return to the council on June 24 with an outline of what that approach might look like, which would come nearly two months after the council listed sustainability as its top priority during the May 3 goal settings workshop, City Manager Mary Alvord said.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | May 12, 2008
DOWNTOWN — Some Burbank restaurants are asking the City Council to reconsider a plan to ban Styrofoam because the move could economically harm their way of life. City officials, however, maintain that the time is right to do away with an environmentally unfriendly substance. At its April 29 meeting, the City Council voted 3 to 2 to develop a phased-in approach for the reduction and eventual elimination of Styrofoam. Public Works Department staff members are scheduled to return to the council on June 24 with an outline of what that approach might look like, which would come nearly two months after the council listed sustainability as its top priority during the May 3 goal settings workshop, City Manager Mary Alvord said.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | October 18, 2008
BURBANK — Proponents of banning plastic bags and Styrofoam in Burbank found an ally Tuesday, as the City Council asked staff members to move forward with a plan detailing ways to eliminate the environmental irritants. The plan, brought forward by Recycling Coordinator Kreigh Hampel, includes further educational outreach to businesses and a promise to support future state legislation — should any be enacted in Sacramento next year. “We’re not talking about a ban tonight, just education,” Hampel said at the meeting.
NEWS
May 8, 2008
The council, after hearing about the city’s Zero Waste Plan — a citywide effort to significantly reduce waste — called for the gradual reduction and eventual elimination of disposable single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam. Councilmen Gary Bric and David Gordon opposed the measure. Bric, who owns a restaurant in Glendale, was concerned about the effect a ban on Styrofoam might have on restaurants. WHAT IT MEANS Businesses that use Styrofoam or plastic bags will not yet be penalized as the Public Works Department is due to come back in front of the council at a future meeting with more definitive plans on what the ban entails.
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May 28, 2008
Styrofoam containers are easily replaceable Just a comment regarding Styrofoam containers (?Local restaurateurs fight ban,? May 14): They are definitely bad for the environment. They eventually break up into little pieces that can be ingested by even humans, when the pieces become small enough. Supermarkets aren?t concerned if you get home with your ice cream while it?s still frozen; restaurants should not be concerned if we get home with warm food. Pizza doesn?t come in Styrofoam, and it gets delivered warm, but usually it needs to be reheated.
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By Bryan Mahoney | August 2, 2011
I was suspended about 10 feet above your trash on a platform 3 feet wide when I realized that as much as I knew about recycling, I knew nothing at all. Take Styrofoam. All I've ever heard about Styrofoam is how it won't decompose for 1 million years. What I didn't realize was recycling it is almost as bad - only a small percentage actually gets recycled, according to Ferris Kawar, Burbank's recycling specialist. The rest breaks down too easily and gets lost on its way to China or India, where the true recycling takes place.
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By Bryan Mahoney | August 2, 2011
I was suspended about 10 feet above your trash on a platform 3 feet wide when I realized that as much as I knew about recycling, I knew nothing at all. Take Styrofoam. All I've ever heard about Styrofoam is how it won't decompose for 1 million years. What I didn't realize was recycling it is almost as bad - only a small percentage actually gets recycled, according to Ferris Kawar, Burbank's recycling specialist. The rest breaks down too easily and gets lost on its way to China or India, where the true recycling takes place.
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NEWS
October 25, 2008
In tough economic times, a city sometimes needs to choose between two pressing concerns. That’s the situation Burbank is facing now, as its City Council considers ways to eliminate plastic bags and Styrofoam in the city. If the city ends up adopting a ban — still a distant possibility at this stage — it may benefit the environment immensely by removing a top pollutant from trash cans, sidewalks and landfills. But it may have a negative impact on the business climate in the city.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | October 18, 2008
BURBANK — Proponents of banning plastic bags and Styrofoam in Burbank found an ally Tuesday, as the City Council asked staff members to move forward with a plan detailing ways to eliminate the environmental irritants. The plan, brought forward by Recycling Coordinator Kreigh Hampel, includes further educational outreach to businesses and a promise to support future state legislation — should any be enacted in Sacramento next year. “We’re not talking about a ban tonight, just education,” Hampel said at the meeting.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | October 15, 2008
BURBANK — Proponents of banning plastic bags and Styrofoam in Burbank found an ally Tuesday, as the City Council asked staff members to move forward with a plan detailing ways to eliminate the environmental irritants. The plan, brought forward by Recycling Coordinator Kreigh Hampel, includes further educational outreach to businesses and a promise to support future state legislation — should any be enacted in Sacramento next year. “We’re not talking about a ban tonight, just education,” Hampel said at the meeting.
NEWS
May 28, 2008
Styrofoam containers are easily replaceable Just a comment regarding Styrofoam containers (?Local restaurateurs fight ban,? May 14): They are definitely bad for the environment. They eventually break up into little pieces that can be ingested by even humans, when the pieces become small enough. Supermarkets aren?t concerned if you get home with your ice cream while it?s still frozen; restaurants should not be concerned if we get home with warm food. Pizza doesn?t come in Styrofoam, and it gets delivered warm, but usually it needs to be reheated.
BUSINESS
By Jeremy Oberstein | May 14, 2008
Some Burbank restaurants are asking the City Council to reconsider a plan to ban Styrofoam because the move could economically harm their way of life. City officials, however, maintain that the time is right to do away with an environmentally unfriendly substance. At its April 29 meeting, the City Council voted 3 to 2 to develop a phased-in approach for the reduction and eventual elimination of Styrofoam. Public Works Department staff members are scheduled to return to the council on June 24 with an outline of what that approach might look like, which would come nearly two months after the council listed sustainability as its top priority during the May 3 goal settings workshop, City Manager Mary Alvord said.
BUSINESS
By Jeremy Oberstein | May 12, 2008
DOWNTOWN — Some Burbank restaurants are asking the City Council to reconsider a plan to ban Styrofoam because the move could economically harm their way of life. City officials, however, maintain that the time is right to do away with an environmentally unfriendly substance. At its April 29 meeting, the City Council voted 3 to 2 to develop a phased-in approach for the reduction and eventual elimination of Styrofoam. Public Works Department staff members are scheduled to return to the council on June 24 with an outline of what that approach might look like, which would come nearly two months after the council listed sustainability as its top priority during the May 3 goal settings workshop, City Manager Mary Alvord said.
NEWS
May 8, 2008
The council, after hearing about the city’s Zero Waste Plan — a citywide effort to significantly reduce waste — called for the gradual reduction and eventual elimination of disposable single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam. Councilmen Gary Bric and David Gordon opposed the measure. Bric, who owns a restaurant in Glendale, was concerned about the effect a ban on Styrofoam might have on restaurants. WHAT IT MEANS Businesses that use Styrofoam or plastic bags will not yet be penalized as the Public Works Department is due to come back in front of the council at a future meeting with more definitive plans on what the ban entails.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | January 9, 2008
BURBANK — Burbank Unified School District administrators are testing a Styrofoam recycling plan in Burbank elementary schools this year in an effort to reduce waste. But Burbank Recycling Center officials say the plan, which consists of recycling Styrofoam eating trays, may not deliver the environmental friendliness they want.. District officials struck a deal in October with PDR Inc., a recycling company that specializes in Styrofoam, for the pick-up of the plates. They hope the program will reduce waste disposal costs while helping the environment.
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