New York City’s ‘Styrofoam’ Ban Goes Into EffectNew York City’s ‘Styrofoam’ Ban Goes Into Effect
July 1, 2015
Maybe yesterday you were drinking coffee from a white foam cup. Well, today that cup is a controlled substance in New York City, a piece of contraband with steeper fines attached to it than those for marijuana offenses.
The city probably won’t break down any doors in search of the white squeaky stuff, but as of July 1 New York is the largest city in America to prohibit the sale, possession and distribution of single-use polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam.
Businesses will have a six month grace period before being fined, but consumers should say their final goodbyes to foam cups, plates, clamshells, coolers, hard plastic-like utensils and packing peanuts.