NYC Plastic Foam Ban In Eateries

Mayor De Blasio’s administration recently announced that beginning this July, New York City will be banning food establishments from using plastic foam containers. Mayor Bloomberg had originally suggested the ban, and de Blasio’s administration is seeing to it that NYC prohibit foam containers as they are clogging the countries landfills and are environmentally hazardous. De Blasio recently stated, “These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City, we have better options, better alternatives, and if more cities across the country follow our lead and institute similar bans, those alternatives will soon become more plentiful and will cost less.”

The plastic foam ban in New York City will help progress towards the Mayor’s ambitious goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 compared to its 2005 levels. The ban will be applicable to all food establishments including food carts, takeout containers and cups. What will Dunkin’ do! Even foam packaging will not be allowed to be sold within the city (i.e. the packing foam peanuts). Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia states,”While much of the waste we produce can be recycled or reused, polystyrene foam is not one of those materials; removing polystyrene from our waste stream is not only good for a greener, more sustainable New York, but also for the communities who are home to landfills receiving the city’s trash.”

The only exemption from the rule could be nonprofits and businesses with less than $500,000 in annual revenue, but only if they can prove that discontinuing the use of these materials would impact their financial health. For the first year, administration officials are also saying there will be no fines on violations of the ban. The Restaurant Action Alliance, a lobbying group, condemned the decision, suggesting that it would increase costs for eateries while saying that the city should instead focus on creating a plan to recycle the material.

To read more about the new ban in New York City on plastic foam in food establishments, click here


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