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Ban on peanut packaging and food containers comes to Hudson Valley

A ban on polystyrene packaging is expected to go into effect soon in the Hudson Valley. Are you ready?

Last year, New York State passed one of the toughest laws in the country banning the use of Styrofoam containers. This law will come into effect on January 1, essentially making many of the containers and packaging materials that we use on a daily basis illegal.

The law prohibits any person or business from “selling, offering for sale, or distributing disposable foodservice containers containing expanded polystyrene foam in New York.” In addition, it will also be illegal to “sell, offer for sale or distribute bulk polystyrene packaging in the state”.

That means everything from those Styrofoam food containers to peanut packaging will be gone from the state. While the current plastic bag law has some loopholes that allow small businesses to continue to use them, the styrofoam ban is not as lenient. The following businesses will all have to stop using the soon-to-be-banned items.

    • Catering establishments, caterers, temporary catering establishments, mobile catering establishments and hand carts
    • Retail food stores, including any establishment where food and grocery products are offered to the consumer and intended for off-establishment consumption
    • Delis, grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias and cafes
    • Hospitals, adult care facilities and nursing homes
    • Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

The New York State DEC has officially published the specific regulations of the law and now asks the public to comment on a proposed change that will allow businesses to submit a waiver request that would allow them to claim “undue financial hardship” from the new law.

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Justine T. Smith

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