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I'm asking people to join me on Monday, December 17th at 6:30 to make a brief statement in support of the Styrofoam ban with Take-out food.  (see attached talking points or you can just say "I support this legislation.")  If you can arrive by 6:15 and sign up early you should be able to speak and leave within 1/2 hour.

This will take place at the County Courthouse, 2nd floor on 16 Eagle St. in Albany.  Parking can be found on the adjacent streets and entrance to the courthouse is around back on Lodge St. near the corner of Lodge and Columbia.
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See "Talking Points" pdf document in RESOURCES at end of this blog.
Thanks for your support in this.  The bill will not pass without public support.   
PS  If you can't make it, please notify your Legislator of your support.  Thanks again.

PPS  Transition meeting on 
Tues., 12/18 - 7P at FUUSA.



PDF Document:   Ban Talking Points

Comments on "Styrofoam Ban Needs You!"

  1. OEIC default avatar TheCenterforAppliedBuildingScience December 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Sandy,

    You guys seem to be knowledgable of the problematics of EPS(styrofoam) life cycle. Nobody is interested in recycling it because it all air and makes no money to do it. Municipalities are also not really interested because since they pay by weight togetrid off garbage, recycling cardboard saves the city money they don’t pay at the dump (eps is too light to be worth the savings).
    Our main specific goal is in insulation materials from recycled garbage. EPSCRETE, a mix of portland cement, sand, lime and other admixtures can be mix design to be as light as 20pcf and float providing an Rvalue of 2 per inch. EPSCRETE blocks, bricks and panels are manufacture in Russia, Italy and other countries. In the US we have only seen it as a commercial roof insulation system.

  2. OEIC default avatar TheCenterforAppliedBuildingScience December 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    It is a great building material that could easily be push into further standardization through ASTM ultra light concretes etc…
    The beauty of a new material comes from exploring its new possibilities rather than making it fit into old designs.
    Onone hand, we are working in the design of a simple and affordable EPS regrinder (available ones in the market start at $4k)...with a bicycle powered version also, and maybe sell kits for a few dollars to further fund the projects. So that more people could use it on their own rehab projects, helping to recycle it while insulating their homes.

  3. OEIC default avatar TheCenterforAppliedBuildingScience December 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    You see there is the missconception that a light material can not be used as a load carrying material. It is true that it can carry many less pound per square inch….but there is no reason why we couldn’t build with wal 12” or even 24” wide…like adobe houses have been built for years.
    When you use really wide walls you get a lot advantages all at once:-they can be design to need no foundation at all,-you get recessed windows that allow the winter sun in but not the summer one, -the geometry of the building is much more stable (try to stand a thin or a thick book on its edge).

    Manufacturing building components we can also replace up to 70% of the portland cement with flyash,a coalburning waste that currently is an contaminating our environment as is being dump and leaching to the water tables.

  4. OEIC default avatar TheCenterforAppliedBuildingScience December 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    We believe this line of work could make an small but lasting impact on EPS recycling while providing insulation, overall in parts of the world where they can’t just walk into Lowes or HomeDepot and buy insulation.
    The bicycled powered EPS regrinder could be ran by man powered anywhere without gas or electricity.It is an ideal machine to be pedal powered because it takes litle energy(relatively) to regrind eps. The devil is in the design to keep that pesky eps from bouncing around.
    If you are interested to help contact us:
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