New York News Archive | Foam Facts

  • A Further Perspective: Polystyrene Bans Are Indefensible

    August 02, 2018

    While the conservative commentariat has worked itself into a frenzy over the recent spate of proposed plastic straw bans, few pundits have taken notice of bans on something that’s far less cherished, yet far more useful: polystyrene. Notably, beginning on January 1, New York City will begin its ban on the material and many other liberal cities are following suit....read more

  • ‘Nanny Statism’ Is Sweeping The Nation One Straw Regulation at a Time

    July 20, 2018

    Starbucks isn’t the only one going after plastic straws. Your local government could be next! The City of Seattle just passed a law banning restaurants from giving customers plastic straws or utensils....read more

  • New York City Sued Over Wrongful Determination that Foam Isn’t Recyclable

    September 14, 2017

    New York City is preparing to institute a city-wide ban on expanded polystyrene foam, but the Restaurant Action Alliance NYC has other plans. This coalition of individual restaurant owners, foam product manufacturers, and recycling organizations is suing to overturn the controversial ban, as the de Blasio administration is acting inconsistently with a 2015 decision from the New York State Supreme Court....read more

  • Polystyrene Recycling: What You Need to Know

    June 26, 2017

    As some states, cities, and communities debate expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam bans, misconceptions and false information inevitably arise. Foam opponents often argue that foam is not recyclable, or that it’s bad for human and environmental health, but this simply isn’t the case. Polystyrene foam—or foam #6—is a misunderstood material that, in reality, offers many environmental and economic benefits....read more

  • Recycling Initiative Proposed as Alternative to NYC Foam Ban

    June 26, 2017

    As New York City prepares to institute a citywide ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam packaging, a proposed law to recognize EPS as a recyclable has been introduced before City Council. The bill, Intro 1490-2017, will enable NYC residents to include foam in the same recycling bin as their metal, glass, and plastic....read more

  • NYC Council’s Foam Decision is Anti-Small Business

    May 30, 2017

    On May 12, following a New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) report, the New York City Council is instituting a citywide ban on single-use expanded polystyrene (EPS) containers, rather than offering residents a way to recycle the product. This ban would first go into effect on November 13, 2017, and applies to restaurants, food trucks, and other small businesses that use this dependable foodservice product....read more

  • Styrofoam recycling continues in Madison County

    March 27, 2017

    Madison County announced the continuation of its expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam recycling program in 2017 after holding a successful pilot program in 2016....read more

  • Foam Ban Expansion Voted Down in Albany County

    March 22, 2017

    Albany County legislators recently voted down an expansion of the polystyrene foam ban already in place. Legislators passed a law banning foam products in chain restaurants in 2013, but the proposed expansion to extend the ban to coffee cups and to-go containers was opposed 21-16, with one abstention....read more

  • Monroe County Begins Petition to Ban Polystyrene Foam

    March 06, 2017

    On February 17, 2017, the Rochester chapter of the Sierra Club published a petition proposing that local officials ban expanded polystyrene foam products from Monroe County. This ban has the potential to negatively impact both small restaurants and schools in the county....read more

  • Albany Considering Expanding Polystyrene Ban

    February 22, 2017

    Since 2014, Albany County has enforced a ban on polystyrene foam food and beverage containers from restaurants and eateries with 15 or more establishments in the United States—think fast food restaurants and coffee franchises. However, the Albany County Legislature is now considering expanding the ban to all restaurants and eateries in the county....read more