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New York - NYC Enacts Ban On Plastic Foam Containers; Fines For Violations Begin Next Year

Published on: July 1, 2015 05:26 PM
By: AP
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, a girl holds a beverage, served in a foam cup, and a donut at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, a girl holds a beverage, served in a foam cup, and a donut at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

New York - New York City’s ban on plastic foam is now in effect.

The ban applies to single-use food packing products, including takeout containers and coffee cups. It also applies to so-called “packing peanuts.”

The ban was first passed into law at the end of December 2013, near the end of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s time in office.

The current mayor, Bill de Blasio, also supports the prohibition.

In 2014, New York’s sanitation department collected 28,500 tons of the material.

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The move brings New York, the nation’s largest city, into line with other municipalities that have similar bans, including Seattle and Minneapolis.

The ban took effect Wednesday.

Violations this year will only trigger a warning. City officials said that fines will be applied next year.



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 Jul 01, 2015 at 06:39 PM Rafuel Says:

And the NYSSR continues to march back to the preindustrial era. Goodby, technological civilization, goodby modern living...

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 Jul 01, 2015 at 08:19 PM Isaid Says:

So what are they supposed to use instead?

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 Jul 01, 2015 at 10:04 PM Isaid Says:

What else are they supposed to use?

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 Jul 02, 2015 at 01:38 AM yosher Says:

Thank you Rebbes for supporting DeBlasio

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 Jul 02, 2015 at 09:03 AM Anonymous Says:

These new Dunkin cups are terrible. They don't even keep the coffee hot for that long.

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 Jul 02, 2015 at 01:54 PM Anonymous Says:

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Rafuel Says:

And the NYSSR continues to march back to the preindustrial era. Goodby, technological civilization, goodby modern living...

A geography lesson for you - there is a place outside of NY (yes, it is really true) called California. More than 30 major cities and towns in the Bay Area alone banned styrofoam years ago. Surprisingly, we do not live in caves and wear skins. We actually have managed to keep Silicon Valley at the cutting edges of civilization and technology. In fact, we have managed to learn to eat and drink without styrofoam. Imagine that! In fact, most of our major cities have also banned plastic bags. Somehow we were able to use other materials to bring our food home. I know, from reading your posts, that you have some challenges with things like facts, knowledge, and thinking. If you need some help learning how to pour coffee into a non-styrofoam cup or how to eat food from a non-styrofoam container, we're here for you. Just ask us for help. You can use the computer, cell phone and software that we non-styrofoam-using primitives have invented in our pre-industrial state.

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