NY Enviro-Weenies Now Coming After Individually Wrapped Cheese Slices

I personally cannot stand them, especially what goes for American cheese (in honesty, the real stuff is way, way worse, unless it is melted). But, many do like them, and these people need to stop being such authoritarian nags

NY environmentalists’ next target? Individually wrapped cheese slices face ban under far-reaching bill

It may be a case of lactose intolerance.

Individually wrapped cheese would be largely banned under a far-reaching bill getting pushed by New York environmentalists and politicians to reduce the use of plastics, The Post has learned.

The state bill — called Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act — would require companies with net incomes over $1 million who sell or distribute food or products to reduce plastics and other packaging that ends in landfills or waterways by 50% over the next 12 years.

It would also impose a fee on companies that use plastic packages, with money going toward recycling programs and infrastructure.

“This legislation shifts the onus of recycling from municipalities and ensures that producers of products are serving our interests by establishing solutions to sustainable packaging,” Sen. Peter Harckham (D-Peekskill) said in a memo promoting the bill.

Good grief. Look, I’ll agree that all this extra plastic packaging is not good for the environment. The real environment, not that cultish climate doom stuff. But, would it not be better to provide positive incentives to get manufacturers to stop using all that plastic instead of going right to Big Government smackdowns?

The typical New Yorker creates nearly 5 pounds of trash every day, which means the state produces approximately 15 million tons of waste each year, according to Harckham, who introduced the measure along with Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan).

Hmm, so, these hardcore Dems who are all supposed to be into Saving The Planet are terrible for the planet? In fairness, this type of government smackdown has already occurred in Maine, Oregon, Colorado and California. Which of course, really only leaves more expensive options for the peasants, some of whom cannot afford that extra cash.

“There was a time in America when we didn’t put a piece of plastic between every slice of cheese. They can substitute plastic with paper,” she said.

A goodly chunk of the cheeses I buy come like that (I mostly like to buy baby Swiss). It’s to keep certain types from sticking together. Fully wrapping the American and other “cheeses” makes them last longer, especially since they tend to come in bigger packs. Would this cheap cheese survive if they used paper dividers?

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6 Responses to “NY Enviro-Weenies Now Coming After Individually Wrapped Cheese Slices”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    William Teach typed: I’ll agree that all this extra plastic packaging is not good for the environment. … would it not be better to provide positive incentives to get manufacturers to stop using all that plastic instead of going right to Big Government smackdowns?

    So yes, all that extra plastic packaging is not good for the environment (see The Great Pacific Garbage Patch). And no, it’s not a significant source of greenhouse gases, when compared to transportation and energy production sectors.

    What positive incentives (preferably market based) would get manufacturers to stop using all that plastic?

    • CarolAnn says:

      The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is mainly the results of China and India not the US or so I’ve been told. beside that it’s not that much to begin with. It’s not like our sewers and toilets are being stopped up with cheese wrappings.

  2. Jl says:

    Interesting if you’re worried about this kind of thing-“Replacing plastics with alternatives is worse for greenhouse gas emissions in most cases”. Meng et al, 2024. ACS Publications

  3. Matthew says:

    These tin pot dictators don’t give a rat’s ass about the environment or reducing the use of plastics, they just want to pander to those that do for their donations and votes with the added bonus of realizing their real goals, telling others what to do and how to live. Because that’s what the majority of these douche nozzles thing government is for.

    They’ll get more money and power and when the “succeed” here, and after crowing about it in their press releases and patting themselves on the back until they need PT, they will move on to their next edict. That one won’t be about cheese plastic though, it will be more far reaching and affect more people and cost the rest of us more money. And so it will go until they’re replaced or dead.

    Dear legislators: If you disapprove of some marketing or manufacturing practice, don’t buy it. If you really just can’t abide by something, see how many others you can persuade to join you in your quest to rid the world of it. If you have a bunch of these sort of peeves, write a fucking book! Trust me, if it makes some sort of sense, it will gain some traction.

    If you absolutely must involve the rest of us with legislation, please find an actual problem to solve. Thanks.

  4. Becky G says:

    Right on Matthew!!

  5. unklc says:

    Yes, let the market decide.
    We buy very little of individual wrap cheese, usually for a burger cookout with lots of folks wanting cheeseburgers. The convenience is welcome, the cheese melts good, and it is affordable for the purpose. Our usual cheese purchases are typically Wisconsin, New York, or imported cheeses not domestic bulk cheese.

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