First it's the ban on plastic grocery store bags. Now, it's a ban on Styrofoam. Soon we're going to have to just cup our hands to carry out food or groceries. I know, I know, I should be using the cloth grocery bags, but I never remember to bring them. Plus, I use those plastic grocery bags around the house all the time.

So here's the deal, according to WNYT-TV the Rensselear County Legislator wants urge the state of New York to ban all Styrofoam.

"Styrofoam plates and cups do not break down. Over the course of a year, worldwide, the amount of Styrofoam produced will create 2.3 million tons of landfill waste."

Most people don't realize that Styrofoam isn't usually recyclable in your curbside recycling. In an article in www.recyclingpartnership.org they show that Styrofoam can be recycled.

"Some local governments and recycling companies have drop-off locations specifically for foam packaging.  Check with your local government to see if there are any locations near you, or if your program is an exception and it is accepted curbside."

So it sounds to me like instead of banning Styrofoam maybe we need to urge our state and local government to expand their recycling programs to include Styrofoam. What do you think? IF you want to voice your opinion the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Rensselaer County Office Building.