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NYC Bans Plastic Foam Food Containers


Banning plastic foam food containers is gaining momentum. IMG_1594 New York City has become the largest U.S. city to ban restaurants from providing plastic foam food containers to their customers.  The ban in New York City will effect restaurants, city school cafeterias, and street carts goes into effect on July 1, with a six-month grace period during which businesses won’t be fined for using the containers. Businesses and nonprofits with annual revenue of $500,000 or less can be exempted from the ban, but will have to prove that the use of materials besides plastic foam would cause them financial hardship.  The NYC initiative also bans the sale of foam packing peanuts used to protect items during shipment.  New York City joins over 70 cities across the country that have banned plastic foam food containers, including Washington, DC, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Albany, and Seattle.  Now all that is needed is a national policy to ban all plastic foam containers and peanuts. Photo Credit : John Vlahakis


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