On July 1, 2015 the city of New York had implemented a citywide ban on foam. This New York foam ban pertained to foam packaging and products which are commonly used in the restaurant and retail industries. Single use EPS products are the primary target of the ban. EPS stands for Expandable Polystyrene Foam and this material is commonly used on product such as cups, bowls, plates, takeout containers and trays. It is also used as a packing material for many products. When the ban was put into effect all businesses that used EPS were required to remove this product from out of their establishments. At the time they had six months to become compliant or they would have to face stiff penalties and fines.
The Ban Is Overturned
On September 20, 2015 New York Supreme Court judge had overturned the New York foam ban. The judge reached their decision on by stating that the ban was the city’s Department of Sanitation’s order to ban the items was arbitrary, capricious and irrational. EPS products have not been conclusively proven to cause illnesses and disease and they are recyclable.
The Foam Ban Would Have Caused Restaurants Economic Hardship
Many businesses in the greater New York City area happy about the overturn on foam based products. Many of food service businesses were already paying out a lot of money for their operations. A foam ban would have probably forced a small percentage of local food service businesses to close their doors. Switching out a fairly inexpensive storage supply for a more expensive alternative is going to a financial strain on any enterprise. So, overturning the ban has helped many businesses to avoid this issue.
Also, the ban would have temporary limited some of the sales of restaurant owners. Remember, that most organizations were expected to switch out their supply inside of six months. The truth is that a lot of businesses in the New York area would not have been able to meet this deadline. Many of these organization already have deals in place with suppliers and the ban would have caused millions of dollars in foam product sales to be lost.
Many Restaurants Are Expected To Slowly Phase Out Their Foam Products
Keep in mind that New York City officials still want foam products to be removed from commercial restaurant operations. However, they realize that this should be a gradual removal and not a forced ban. Once again, a ban would literally cause millions of dollars in monetary lost for foam product suppliers and for restaurants that rely on these items as a part of their operations. The whole issue surrounding the New York foam ban has caused many restaurants to reconsider foam products for more feasible alternatives.