You Can No Longer Legally Use Styrofoam Food Containers In NYC

Bad news for food carts; good news for planet Earth.

Back in January, we reported that Mayor DeBlasio decided to ban plastic foam containers in New York City, after foam lobbyists failed to prove that their products were recyclable.

He said that the ban would go into effect July 1. Today is July 1.

Back in December 2013, the City Council passed a measure that gave foam container manufacturers a year to prove that the material could be successfully recycled. Ultimately, though, they failed.

The ban applies to single-use styrofoam, which basically means most styrofoam because how many people out there are reusing packing peanuts? Other products that fall under the ban include foam coffee cups and takeout containers, and it's illegal for street vendors, restaurants, bars, or any other business to use them (though nonprofits and businesses with less than $500,000 in annual revenue can apply for exemptions).

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The city won't actually start giving out fines until January 2016, so these establishments will have six months to make the transition.

It'll take sometime until we notice a difference, but we're hopeful that, eventually, our beloved concrete jungle will be a little bit greener because of this.

We'll miss you, mediocre coffee-holding material. (Will we, though?)

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