Ban on single-use styrofoam containers begins Jan. 1

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

As the new year approaches, we want to remind businesses that the city ban on single-use styrofoam containers starts on January 1.

Specifically, Local Law 142 states that “food service establishments, stores, mobile food commissaries and manufacturers may not possess, sell, or offer for use single-service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam food service articles or loose fill packaging.”

The law was passed because styrofoam poses an environmental threat. It cannot be recycled or broken down in landfills. Furthermore, styrofoam can break down into smaller pieces that contaminate organic waste, making it unusable for composting or reuse.

Businesses have a six-month grace period start January 1, 2019.

The first violation after the grace period will be a $250 fine. The second violation within 12 months is $500. A third, and subsequent violation within 12 months, is $1,000.

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