Wednesday, January 20, 2021

DEC to hold virtual public meeting on upcoming polystyrene ban

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), invites stakeholders to attend a one-hour virtual public meeting about NY’s Expanded Polystyrene Foam Container and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging Ban.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11 a.m. EST: The NYSDEC, in partnership with NYSP2I, will provide an informational presentation with interactive stakeholder engagement regarding the recently enacted law.

Beginning January 1, 2022, no covered food service provider or store (retail or wholesale) will be allowed to sell, offer for sale, or distribute disposable food service containers that contain expanded polystyrene foam in New York. In addition, no manufacturer or store will be allowed to sell, offer for sale, or distribute polystyrene loose fill packaging (commonly referred to as packing peanuts) in the state.

Registration is required to attend the virtual public meeting. Learn more about the law and sign up to receive the latest information.

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A polystyrene burger box pollutes a the reeds by the side of the river. DEC photo

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8 Responses

  1. Tim-Brunswick says:

    I Love NY….baloney….One More Regulation….one more Law….you cannot possibly live your life in this State without unintentionally breaking the law….unbelievable….Oh, oh….I almost forgot….It’s always for the good of all and of course the environment!!

    • Boreas says:

      “Oh, oh….I almost forgot….It’s always for the good of all and of course the environment!!”

      I can understand why you almost overlooked this. But we LIVE in this “environment”. This has been a problem for decades. Some companies took responsibility and switched to alternatives voluntarily while their competitors continued to support plastic pollution. NYS gave organizations plenty of time to move away from these plastics, but they didn’t. The oil/plastic lobby is a strong one. So what is the last alternative? Laws and bans.

  2. Eric says:

    If you need a container to keep your takeout food warm or cold , buy a reusable one . There is no reason why the remnants of a takeout order need to be around hundreds of years .

  3. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “I Love NY….baloney….One More Regulation…”

    Your colors glaringly stand out Tim! Which is fine we are who we are. But it is “we” you know, not “I” and there is more than just black & white. Imagine an unregulated world Tim! The corporations having their way with unfettered pollution, spilling their toxins into what is left of our precious ecosystems, the soil the streams…. having free reign over the environment that surrounds them just so a dollar can be made, because that’s what it’s all about you know; and are you aware that this is what they do when they’re allowed? Pollute? The earning of profits at whatever cost, even deregulation, which a mere few profit from by the way. You ought to look into this deregulation thing. Who wins. Who or what loses. We all should. It’s a vicious cycle the way we go about our affairs, who wins who loses! In the end game we all lose, especially those who have yet to be born into this cruel world…..the generations to come, who just might wish for there to be less of a polluted landscape which it will surely be with minds like yours the narcissist that you are, and I don’t say that to egg, I say because it is what it is, I’m speaking out loud is all, not just with narcissist you in mind! It ‘is’ all about you isn’t it Tim? Your wallet, your way of life, your limited view of the world. You’ll take this personally of course but it is not meant to be that, it’s my awareness of the trouble we’re in because of mindsets like yours, who will never see even twenty years ahead never mind a hundred years ahead……………. And if I’m getting too far ahead of myself here I apologize it’s just the sparks in me being released take no offense!

    After the past four years, and all of the millions that are okay with that narcissistic, disgraceful, repulsive dysfunction we just went through, there should be some deep concern, at least among those of us who are enlightened, about the future of not just this country, but of what’s in store for the world ahead also. It is a dreaded thought!

  4. Charlie Stehlin says:

    I feel I was overly harsh to Tim above! Or could have been more civil. I should relax and not jump so soon. I have my passions and I get in my moods. I’m trying my best, and boy, am I ever learning……………

  5. Charlie Stehlin says:

    Thanks for your confidence Todd! I could do better! Things have been very strange and we’re all restless, and there’s this uncertainty that surely we all feel to some degree I suppose….including me.

  6. Plow boy says:

    I look at how eggs are sold in our store’s some using cartons made with 100% recycled paper and some are sold in polystyrene cartons on the same shelf! So the GREEN lobbyist’s are missing a fine opportunity to save the planet There are allot of eggs sold (cartons) just saying. I too dislike the use of foam peanuts when there are so many ways to use recycled paper products to protect items during shipping as online purchases are the way of the world now