NYC Department of Sanitation: Foam Ban effective January 1st, 2019

January 2, 2019

In accordance with Local Law 142 of 2013, the NYC Department of Sanitation determined that dirty, post-consumer, single-service foam food and beverage containers cannot be recycled in a manner that is economically feasible, environmentally effective, and safe for employees as part of the City’s curbside recycling program. These items continue to be collected as trash. For more information, please review Local Law 142 of 2013 and the DSNY Determination on the Recyclability of Food-Service Foam.

As of January 1, 2019, New York City stores, food service establishments, and mobile food commissaries may no longer offer, sell or possess single-use foam food containers such as foam takeout clamshells, cups, plates, bowls and trays. Additionally, manufacturers and stores may no longer sell or offer for sale loose fill foam packaging (“packing peanuts”) in the city.

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