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What Restaurants Need to Know About the Styrofoam Ban in NYC

Thursday, January 08, 2015  
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In 2013 Local Law 142 was passed to place restrictions on the use of polystyrene products if there was no facility nearby that could manage recycling for the products. Today, the Mayor’s Administration and the NYC Department of Sanitation have announced no facility can accommodate polystyrene foam products.

 

Starting on July 1, 2015, restaurants and food trucks will not be able to use or offer polystyrene single service food items.

 

The New York State Restaurant Association has been working closely with the Department of Sanitation to ensure that restaurants have the most up-to-date information on this new regulation.

 

“The New York State Restaurant Association appreciates the efforts of the NYC Department of Sanitation and the Mayor's Office to enact legislation that moves our industry toward sustainability while recognizing the needs of small businesses via a long transition period and a commitment to educate businesses on alternatives before fining them", said Chris Hickey, Regional Director NYC of the New York State Restaurant Association. “We look forward to working with the City to educate restaurants on how to comply with the law and helping them find alternative products that are better for the environment and cost effective.” Read the full press release >>

 

For questions on alternative products or to discuss how this law will impact your operations, contact Chris Hickey, Regional Director NYC for the New York State Restaurant Association at chris@nysra.net or 212.398.9160.


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