EPS containers and packaging peanuts banned in New York City

Packaging Digest Staff in Rigid Containers on January 13, 2015

New York City now tops the growing list of major U.S. cities from Albany to San Francisco that have banned expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging.


New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced last Thursday a citywide ban on EPS foam containers and packing peanuts that will go into effect on July 2015. EPS is already banned in cities across the country, including Washington, DC, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Albany and Seattle.


"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," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "By removing nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from our landfills, streets and waterways, today's announcement is a major step towards our goal of a greener, greater New York City."


The law allows businesses a six-month grace period from when the law goes into effect - January 1, 2016 - before fines can be imposed. For the first year of the ban, businesses will be given a warning in lieu of a fine.


Shortly after the announcement was made, Mike Levy, senior director for the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group, released a statement that begins “We are puzzled by the city's decision to continue sending alternative foodservice and foam packaging to landfills instead of saving money by recycling foam at curbside.”  Levy ends with "We encourage the city to reconsider this decision and pursue readily available opportunities to recycle foam packaging.”


Read the full article at PlasticsToday.


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