New York City bans polystyrene from 1st July 2015

Polystyrene foam ban in New York City VegwareFrom the 1st of July 2015, foam polystyrene containers are to be banned from the eateries of the Big Apple.  In December 2013, the City Council passed a measure that gave foam-container manufacturers a year to prove that the material could be successfully ­recycled.

New York is the latest of over 100 cities around the world to ban polystyrene. It may seem cheap to buy, but polystyrene comes at a high environmental cost.

This is part of New York’s wider drive to recycle more – and recycling polystyrene containers is notoriously tricky. According to the US EP in 2008, less than 1% of polystyrene gets recycled. Our partners Vegware US are going to be busy helping NYC go completely compostable.