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.