After successfully banning sugary drinks, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using his last month in office to push for a ban on Styrofoam coffee cups and food containers.
In his last State of the City address Thursday, Bloomberg will explain that Styrofoam is more expensive to recycle and considered harmful to the environment.
"Something that we know is environmentally destructive and that may be hazardous to our health, that is costing taxpayers money and that we can easily do without, and is something that should go the way of lead paint," Bloomberg said in a prepared statement.
Bloomberg must get the approval of the city council to implement the ban. New York City's restaurants and convenience stores are expected to fight the proposal.
Several other major cities have similar bans, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.