Plastic Money: Under the Influence of Styrofoam
In a story on the Huffington Post today, Matthew Spiegl reports on a ban that was set to be enacted by the city of San Jose, California which would have eliminated polystyrene to-go containers. The polystyrene ban, which followed in the wake of a successful plastic bag ban, has been suddenly dropped by officials after a long period of planning, and Spiegl reports that 'San Jose officials are being tight lipped about the details, but what we do know is that DART Container Corporation reportedly offered a $100,000 "incentive" to San Jose to stop the citywide ban from going forward. News of this environmental scandal broke in an article by investigative reporter Josh Koehn.' This is one of many instances in which businesses with large budgets have overcome public opinion, and Spiegl writes that DART has influenced a descision that was between politicians and between 'people who want to live in healthy communities, people who see this as an issue of environmental justice, and people who believe progressive policies toward the environment and the economy should be coexistent, not competing, interests.'
To read more about San Jose's polystyrene ban, and the influence businesses have had on it, see the full article on the Huffington Post here.