Sustainability 101

Regulations Alert: NYC Foam Ban Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2019

Photo by Caleb Lucas on Unsplash

Effective January 1, 2019 businesses, nonprofits and agencies can no longer sell or use any expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam items, such as single-service items like cups, bowls, plates, takeout containers, and trays or loose fill packaging, aka “packing peanuts”.  See exceptions to the rule and more information at nyc.gov/foamban.

Small businesses not part of a chain with less than $500,000 in gross income for the most recent tax year and non-profit corporations may apply for hardship exemptions from the Department of Small Business Services. For more information, visit nyc.gov/foamwaiver.

Talk to your sustainability consultant about switching to alternatives like compostable packaging, or contact Great Forest.  We can help you get in compliance and reduce waste.

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