What to Know
- A law barring New York City food-service businesses and stores from using most Styrofoam products has gone into effect
- The styrofoam ban is among more than a dozen new laws that went into effect on New Year’s Day
- The ban includes some exceptions, but prohibits the use of “single service Expanded Polystyrene foam food service articles”
A law barring New York City food-service businesses and stores from using most Styrofoam products has gone into effect.
The Styrofoam ban is among more than a dozen new laws that went into effect on New Year’s Day.
The prohibition includes food containers and loose packing fill made from what's known as expanded polystyrene. Exceptions include butcher-counter containers for raw meat.
“The 60 million pounds of styrofoam New Yorkers throw away each year clog our landfills and fuel the petroleum economy destroying our planet,” de Blasio said in a statement.
“We’re ending this dirty practice so we can ensure a cleaner, fairer future for our children,” he added.
City lawmakers approved the ban in 2013, but a lawsuit from the restaurant industry held it off for years. A judge ruled this past June that it could go forward.
The city is giving businesses a six-month grace period to adjust to the ban before it starts imposing fines for violations.
Small businesses that may be adversely affected by the ban can apply for "hardship exemptions" from the Department of Small Business Services, the mayor's office noted.
Dozens of communities around the country have enacted some form of plastic foam ban in recent years.