Styrofoam ban becomes law in Albany County

Updated: 12/12/2013 1:45 PM
Created: 12/12/2013 12:42 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - Beginning July 1, many businesses in Albany County will not be able to send you home with take-out containers or hot drink cups made of Styrofoam.

After much debate, the Albany County legislature did pass the bill, but there was discussion that County Executive Dan McCoy would veto it.

That did not happen and McCoy signed the bill into law Thursday morning.

It prevents chains restaurants -- any business with more than 15 locations around the country -- from using Styrofoam take-out and drink containers.

There will be fines for establishments that don’t comply and Albany County will rely on inspectors and citizen complaints to keep the businesses in check.

The bill becomes law Jan. 1, but stores and restaurants have six months to phase in these mandatory changes.

"We made a county-wide policy that will make sure we are going to do everything in our power to reduce, reuse and recycle," McCoy said.

McCoy insists that this law does not go far enough and he outlined a new three-point environmental plan for the county.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy outlines a new environmental plan for the county before signing the Styrofoam ban bill into law.
Photo: Abigail Bleck / WNYT

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