Get ready to say goodbye to foam coffee cups, cheap beach coolers, trusty halal street food containers and convenient to-go soup cups. Polystyrene articles will now be prohibited in New York City.
Establishments and manufacturers possessing, selling, or offering the use of any foam products will have a grace period of six months to get rid of the landfill-clogging detritus, beginning Wednesday, giving businesses time — until Jan. 1, 2016 — before fines can be imposed.
The ban stems from a decision by the city’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) that determined polystyrene foam cannot be recycled. As a result of the ban, manufacturers and stores may not sell or offer items made of the material, including cups, plates, trays, or containers in the City.environment ] [ new-york-city ]