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Old 08-24-2009   #1
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Missouri paddlers beware...

Missouri bans wrong plastic from rivers - Kansas City Star


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Old 08-27-2009   #2
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But instead of restricting coolers made from polystyrene, they banned polypropylene containers.
And there’s a big difference between the two.
Polystyrene — commonly called Styrofoam — was created by the Dow Chemical Co. more than a half century ago. Styrofoam was used for life rafts by the U.S. Coast Guard starting in 1942 because the plastic is buoyant and insulating. It’s blue and now frequently used in home insulation.
The variety used to make white foam coffee cups and coolers — the target of the legislation — is called “expanded polystyrene” and is a little different from the Styrofoam developed by Dow Chemical.
Missouri lawmakers banned neither of those foams."

That's pretty funny. I will keep my Tupperware hidden.

I think it's good that they're banning those Styrofoam coolers. I am sick of seeing that crap stuck in strainers. Most of the rivers have also banned Jell-o shots because people throw the little containers in the water.

One of my acquaintances got a hefty ticket for having trash in the bottom of his boat. It was the potential to litter if he dumped the canoe. I had some sympathy for him but I think we need more of this to keep the rivers clean.
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