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DSNY Issues 57 Citations in First Month of Foam Ban

All the violations were first-time offenses, which resulted in a $250 fine.

In the first month of enforcing its ban on single-use foam containers, the City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has issued a total of 57 violations, according to an AM New York report.

The violations were first-time offenses, which carry a $250 fine. If cited a second time, the fine increases to $500, and a third offense and above would result in a $1,000 fine.

The foam ban, which officially took effect January 1, prohibits New York City stores and foodservice businesses from offering, selling or possessing single-use expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, food containers such as takeout clamshells, cups, plates, bowls, coolers and trays. Additionally, manufacturers and stores may no longer sell or offer for sale loose fill packaging, typically known as “packing peanuts,” in the city.

AM New York has more:

New York City is keeping its promise to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

In its first month of enforcing the city’s ban on single-use foam plates, cups and other containers, the Department of Sanitation issued a total of 57 violations across the five boroughs, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

All of the violations were first time offenses, which carry a $250 fine. If a business or organization is cited a second time, the fine increases to $500. A third offense and above would result in a $1,000 fine.

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