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

Published on: July 1st, 2015 at 05:01 PM
By: AP

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.

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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