Author Archives: Debby Lee Cohen, SOS

About Debby Lee Cohen, SOS

Styrofoam Out of Schools/ Cafeteria Culture (SOS/CaCu) is working to achieve “zero waste” cafeterias in NYC’s public schools by first eliminating the use of Styrofoam (polystyrene) lunch trays. We advocate a Reduce Policy on all single use disposables and promote reuse, reduction and recycling. We accomplish this urgently needed work via alternative messaging, interdisciplinary education, collaboration, and innovative community and design-based advocacy.

The Story of Styrofoam Trays (the detailed version) and what you can do to eliminate them.

Over the past 20 years, NYC schools have thrown “away” almost 3 BILLION Styrofoam (polystyrene) lunch trays! Nothing really goes “away.” For those first 10 years, NYC sent garbage to our very own Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island. For … Continue reading

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Fugitive spent-Dunk-Don’t Styrofoam cup: 20 minutes of use = 500 years of wandering waste!

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Dishwashers and Reusables versus Styrofoam Trays

NYC  produces about 50,000 tons of trash daily – —at a cost of almost $1 BILLION per year for trash collection and exportation.  Our waste, collected by high polluting trucks, is primarily sorted at waste transfer stations located in low-income … Continue reading

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Why Styrofoam Out of Schools

NYC public schools have been throwing out 850,000 polystyrene (Styrofoam) trays per day (except for Tuesdays, as of March 2010), totaling 153,000,000 trays per school year, for over 18 years. This adds up to approximately 3 billion polystyrene trays since … Continue reading

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