(New York City)

Today, Mayor de Blasio announced that the city’s styrofoam ban will go into effect on January 1, 2019.  Essentially, this means that stores, food service businesses and manufacturers may not sell, possess or offer single service Expanded Polystyrene foam food service articles or loose fill “packing peanuts” packaging in the city beginning in 2019. Over the next few months, the city will work with businesses to make certain they understand the law fully and help them transition to new recyclable materials to replace foam products.

Landfill.  Photo by Emmet from Pexels

“New York City’s ban on styrofoam is long overdue, and New Yorkers are ready to start using recyclable alternatives. There’s no reason to continue allowing this environmentally unfriendly substance to flood our streets, landfills, and waterways,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Following the dismissal of a lawsuit delaying the ban, the city is now able to begin the process of implementing the ban. The Dept. of Sanitation determined that EPS Foam cannot be recycled. DSNY also confirmed that there is currently no recycling market for post-consumer EPS collected in a curbside glass, metal, and plastic recycling program.

The ban comes about 25 years late as we have know that Styrofoam takes well over 500 years to decompose.  Are you happy with the city’s ban on single use Styrofoam?  Let us know in the comments below.

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