New York State Supreme Court overturns city's ban on foam

09/25/2015

The New York State Supreme Court today overturned Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia's decision to ban foam foodservice items, clearing the way for New York City to embrace a recycling program that would cover 100 percent of polystyrene products and generate revenue for the city.

"This decision is a victory for the environment and for New York City, which can now become a national leader in recycling by removing every piece of polystyrene from its waste stream—and making money in the process," said former City Councilman Robert Jackson, who heads the Restaurant Action Alliance that was a part of the lawsuit. "The judge has ended the debate about polystyrene recycling by making clear it can be recycled and there is a market for it. Now it's time for the city to capitalize on this development."
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