NYC To Ban Plastic Foam At Restaurants In July

NEW YORK — New York City plans to ban food establishments from using plastic foam containers starting July 1.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said Thursday there will be a grace period, without fines, until January 2016.

The administration says the sale of packing peanuts within city limits also will be banned. They can still be used in packages shipped to New York from other places.

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia says the move will help make New York “greener.”

Nonprofits and businesses with less than $500,000 in annual revenue could qualify for an exemption from the plastic foam ban. They’d have to prove that using nonfoam materials would create financial hardship.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.