New York bans styrofoam

New York bans styrofoam

A takeaway cup can last thousands of years in the environment

In the first week of January, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced a ban on the sale and use of styrofoam cups food containers and packing material, to come into effect in July. The city’s Department of Sanitation has determined that expanded polystyrene (EPS) is not a recyclable product.

The new law prohibits NYC food service establishments, stores and manufacturers from possessing, selling or offering single-service EPS foam articles or polystyrene loose-fill packaging in that city.

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