Last week, New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced that plastic foam containers will be banned in the city beginning July 1st of this year. This includes expanded polystyrene cups or containers used in retail, restaurant take out or other food manufacturers.
The reason behind this law is mainly environmental impact. It is estimated that the city will reduce its polystyrene materials in waste by 30,000 tons. Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Seattle have already banned similar food containers.
This is an initiative that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has started before the end of his last term. In December 2013, city council passed a law to ban any takeout containers that were not recyclable. With this new law, the type of non-recyclable container has been established.