Sept. 22, 2015 – Judge strikes down NYC’s foam ban.
The city is exploring its options for reinstituting the ban, including an appeal. We will keep you updated.
NYC’s foam ban went into effect on July 1, 2015 with a six-month grace period. Businesses had been preparing for the change by replacing foam products with acceptable alternatives like compostable packaging. See details of NYC’s foam ban
The judge’s decision looks towards the potential for recycling the material. This is an emerging idea that is being explored. Todd Sutton in Great Forest’s San Francisco office looked into this last year – Waste Sleuth Investigates Polystyrene’s Bad Reputation.