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NYC Polystyrene Foam Packaging Law


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Law: NYC Administrative Code (PDF)

Summary: Local Law 142 of 2013 was enacted placing restrictions on the sale or use of certain expanded polystyrene items if no recycling market can be found. This law requires the commissioner to determine whether expanded polystyrene single service articles can be recycled at the designated recycling processing facility at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in a manner that is environmentally effective, economically feasible, and safe for employees. If expanded polystyrene is not determined to be recyclable as of July 1st, 2015; no food service establishment, mobile food commissary, or store will be able to use, sell, or offer expanded polystyrene single service food items or loose fill packaging (commonly known as packaging peanuts).

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