Gov. Cuomo proposes ban on single-use Styrofoam

WNYT Staff
Updated: December 17, 2019 04:34 PM
Created: December 17, 2019 01:33 PM

Gov. Cuomo wants to ban single-use Styrofoam across the state.

He will discuss the proposal at his 2020 State of the State Address in January.

The ban would include food containers and packing peanuts.

Prepacked food sealed “prior to receipt” along with including uncooked or raw meat, fish, or eggs would not be affected.

"Styrofoam is one of the most common pollutants and a public health hazard that impacts humans and the environment alike. From take-out containers to packing peanuts, this material is everywhere and it will continue to pollute our waters and harm our wildlife for generations to come if we do not act. With this proposal, we can build on our nation-leading initiatives to protect the environment and move New York another step closer to a greener, more sustainable future," said the governor in a statement.

Violators could face fines of $250 to $2,000 – depending on how many times they’ve been cited.

If passed, the ban would begin in 2022.

Earlier this year, Gov. Cuomo banned single use plastic bags across New York state. That ban takes effect in March 2020.

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