Single-Use Styrofoam Ban Begins July 1st


New York City’s ban on single- use Styrofoam containers begins tomorrow, July 1, 2015.  As we reported in January, the ban specifically applies to expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, which is not recyclable and harmful to the environment. These items will be banned from sale, distribution, or use in NYC. This provision includes a grace period lasting from July 1, 2015 until January 1, 2016. Following the grace period, Notices of Violation will be issued and civil action may be taken.  Here’s what you need to know:


  • Polystyrene foam single-service items including cups, bowls, plates, takeout containers, and trays.
  • Polystyrene loose fill packaging, commonly known as packing peanuts.

Some exceptions do apply.

Effective July 1, 2015, do not sell or use any banned items as described above.
To apply for a Hardship Waiver please visit

There are many alternative packaging options available including paper, plastic, aluminum, and biodegradable products. Contact your packaging distributor about alternatives to foam products.

To see this letter in other languages, please visit: Foam Ban Info in Multiple Languages.