Letter to the editor: Ban polystyrene | TribLIVE.com
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Ban polystyrene

Recent media reports have shown that at least half of Philadelphia’s recyclable materials end up in incinerators. The National Geographic Society recently reported that only 9 percent of plastic materials are recycled.

These are reminders that we need to minimize waste in the first place.

Polystyrene foam, known by many as Styrofoam, such as coffee cups and take-out containers, is not recyclable. Eliminating polystyrene would take some stress off of waste-management facilities and reduce waterway pollution. Plastic pollution suffocates marine life and ends up in our food system.

Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery County, has reintroduced a bill banning polystyrene, and all Pennsylvania representatives should support it. We deserve our waterways to be plastic-free and our recyclables to be recycled. Eliminating polystyrene and other single-use plastics is a good step to a cleaner environment.

Julia Albertson


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.