Here’s What to Know About New York’s New Styrofoam Law – NBC New York

What to Know

  • The Styrofoam ban took effect on January 1 2019, but the city gave restaurants and businesses six months to transition out of using it.

  • Violators will be fined $250 for the first offense, $500 for a second and $1000 for three or more.

  • This law bans items like Styrofoam food containers and packing peanuts.

New York City began enforcing its ban on Styrofoam Monday after the end of a six-month grace period. That means if your take-out turns up in a Styrofoam container, the restaurant is actually breaking the law. 

The Styrofoam ban took effect on January 1 2019, but the city gave restaurants and businesses six months to transition out of using it. Now, violators will be fined — $250 for the first offense, $500 for a second and $1000 for three or more.

“The 60 million pounds of Styrofoam New Yorkers throw away each year clog our landfills and fuel the petroleum economy destroying our planet,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement when the ban was announced.

This law bans items like Styrofoam food containers and packing peanuts. There are a few exceptions, including containers used to store raw meat.

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Other cities that have enacted similar bans include San Diego, Seattle, and Washington D.C.