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.