Having Solved All Their Problems, NYC Looks To Ban Detergent Pods

New York City is tackling the important issues

From the link

New York City could soon ban Tide PODS and other laundry-detergent packs under the latest “green” push from lawmakers.

The “Pods are Plastic Bill,” introduced by City Councilman James Gennaro last week, would make it illegal to sell any pods and laundry sheets if they’re made with polyvinyl alcohol.

Fines for selling the pods would start at $400, double for a second violation and top off at $1,200 for flouting the rules more than twice, if the bill becomes law. The bill would also require education and outreach to businesses on the ban for the first year.

The law wouldn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2026, if passed.

Polyvinyl alcohol, or PVA, is used as a film in pods that dissolves in water during a wash cycle. But scientists counter that it breaks down into tiny microplastic pieces that still pollute waterways and slip through filtration systems.

On one hand, Democrats are always worrying about Other Things, rather than the big issues. It’s not like NYC isn’t being overrun with illegals, having crime issues, watching law enforcement officers quit and retire with few replacements, seeing their tax base leave, and others. So they look to pass something that is their typical Nanny State push. Nagging and overboard. Did Gennaro consider that people could simply order off the Internet and have them delivered easily?

On the other, microplastics are bad for the environment, bad for life, bad for humans. They are a serious issue. Of course, how much would this NYC law actually reduce?

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16 Responses to “Having Solved All Their Problems, NYC Looks To Ban Detergent Pods”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Mr Teach: On one hand, Democrats are always worrying about Other Things, rather than the big issues.

    Yes, like impeaching Secretary Mayorkas…

    Speaker Lil Mikie Johnson keeps whining that President Biden won’t meet with him. Waah! Waah!

    President Biden’s position is that Mikie had a bipartisan bill from the Senate but Mikie’s boss, Mobster Big Donnie shut it down. So yeah, Mikie. Go fizzuck yourself and do YOUR job. Grow a pair, toady. BTW, YOUR JOB is NOT to do everything your Mob Boss Big Donnie tells you.

    • drowningpuppies says:

      Surely the honorable Speaker of the House will check in with Rimjob the snake oil salesman for guidance on how to do his job.

  2. Professor Hale says:

    It seems like something like a permanent contamination of the food and water supply stream should be monitored or even regulated by one of those agencies that are empowered to do such things. If it is really a bad thing, wouldn’t it be bad for everyone and not just people of NYC?

    Do you really think anyone cares if NYC people have to buy their detergents in NJ, or even use the liquid or powder forms?

    If this is a serious issue, make a serious case for it. Personally, I am tired of being jerked around by every activist looking to make a name for himself every time the good idea fairy flies into his window. If this is serious and not just more posing, impose criminal penalties for users, not just nuisance fines for soap pod distributors. Fines = “It’s not really a problem as long as you pay us”.

  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Mr Teach:

    On the other, microplastics are bad for the environment, bad for life, bad for humans.

    But we should ignore them?

    Have the House Republicans put forth their border control/immigration bill yet?

  4. CarolAnn says:

    Have the House Republicans put forth their border control/immigration bill yet?

    The Republican plan was in place when biden started destroying everything. Besides if the Republicans go to border control and Immigration Bill to the floor would the Democrats allow a vote? The Democrats are interested in governing they’re interested in winning there’s a big difference. Then when they win they’re interested in staying in power and keeping their boot on the neck of their opponents.

    Now suddenly the Democrats are gonna put a plan to the floor for immigrants? They’ve done nothing for the last four years now a sudden there’s a fire under their butts?

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      The Republicans, not Democrats, control the House today. A Democrat was just overwhelmingly elected to fill the seat vacated by George Santos (R-NY).

      Senate Republicans and Democrats came together and passed an immigration bill that the Republican House refused to consider, under orders from Trump.

      Much earlier, a bi-partisan group of eight United States Senators — four Democrats and four Republicans (Jeff Flake, R-AZ; Lindsey Graham, R-SC; John McCain, R-AZ; Marco Rubio, R-FL) — wrote the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,
      S.744, which passed the Senate with a strong majority — 68–32. The House under Speaker John Boehner (235 Rs to 201 Ds), not wanting to give President Obama a victory, did not act on the bill.

      • Brother John says:

        CarolAnn: The Republican plan was in place when biden started destroying everything.

        Rimjob: The Republicans, not Democrats, control the House today.

        FOCUS, you fucking moron.

        The laws were already there.
        The plans were in place.
        Brandon started wrecking everything on day one because ORANGEMANBAD.

        Exactly 0% — none! — of the responsibility for this catastrophe belongs to elected Republicans, spineless shit-eaters that they are.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:


          You fizzucking moron.

          The border problems ARE the responsibility of the Republicans. Go all the way back to the 2013 proposal killed by Repubs. Trump further destabilized Central and South American nations. Global warming is a Republican problem.

          You fizzucking moron.

          • Brother John says:

            The laws necessary are already in place.

            They are not being followed by those “elected” (har-de-har-har) to enforce them.

            You’re either impossibly stupid or spectacularly dishonest. Either way, you’re a useless dipshit who exists in places like this for purposes of shitting on the floor.

          • drowningpuppies says:




  5. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    According to the EPA:

    Microplastics (plastic particles ranging in size from 5 mm to 1 nm) and nanoplastics (plastic particles smaller than 1 µm) have been found in every ecosystem on the planet from the Antarctic tundra to tropical coral reefs.

    Mr Teach probably noticed the confusing quote in the EPA document regarding the comparative sizes of microplastics and nanoplastics. Yikes! (1 µm > 1 nm). Probably a typo in the EPA document and should be “5 mm to 1 mm”.

    Research continues on micro- and nanoplastics. The US banned the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and toothpastesn in 2015.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Marie from the EPA responded to my query telling me they use info from “State of California and in the European Union” documents.

  6. Jl says:

    And the Republicans in the house did pass a border bill, still awaiting action from the Senate

  7. Jl says:

    Sorry-if Biden thinks there’s problems at the border he can clear it up at any time by executive order, just like he did by reversing most of Trump’s orders to get us into the mess we’re in now.

  8. JG says:

    These fools in our agencies whether national, state, or local are causing issues to normal Americans, higher costs, and problems with supplies. What is not shown often by the MSM is the heavy trash, lack of safety, and crime by illegal aliens crossing the border and when they get to their final locations in the USA. The illegal invasion of the USA is having a more toxic affect on the USA then anything the agencies try to push on the country.

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