Starting Saturday, New York’s Ban On Plastic Foam Containers Takes Effect

MGN Stock Image.

JAMESTOWN – Starting on Saturday a statewide ban on plastic foam containers, like styrofoam to-go boxes, will take effect.

The Department of Environmental Conservation posted a reminder about the regulatory change on their website.

According to the DEC, businesses will no longer be able to use plastic foam disposable containers.

Additionally, companies will need to stop distributing plastic foam shipping materials, like packing peanuts.

The materials, officials say, is a major contributor to environmental litter because plastic foam is not accepted at many recycling facilities across the state.

The DEC says the regulations also impact hospitals and schools. New York is the first state in the country to ban plastic foam containers.


Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the WNY News Now mobile app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.


Have a news tip? Email, send us a message on Facebook, or Twitter.

WNY News Now encourages an open exchange of opinions and ideas on our stories, however, we ask everyone to follow our comment policy.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.