by Nicole Wines
This New Year’s Eve, as the clock struck midnight in the Eastern Time Zone, residents of New York City welcomed not just the new year, but also a new ban on the possession, sale or distribution of…single-use styrofoam.
It’s been years in the making. About 3 years ago, New York City enacted a styrofoam ban, which was almost immediately struck down, as a judge ruled that the city had not been able to sufficiently prove that foam was not recyclable. The case worked its way through the court system under recently, the New York State Supreme court ruled in favor of the ban after NYC submitted further evidence that styrofoam is, in fact, not recyclable.
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