Styrofoam Ban Overturned by New York State Judge

NEW YORK – The recently approved ban on polystyrene foam was overturned Tuesday, just over two months into a grace period meant to let city businesses ease into the prohibition on foam coffee cups, cheap beach coolers, halal street containers and to-go soup cups.

A Manhattan judge nixed the ban saying the city’s argument that the packaging cannot be recycled if soiled is not true. It was that position – that sauce, soup, coffee or other foods rendered foam containers impossible to recycle – which helped Mayor Bill de Blasio secure his administration’s first major environmental initiative in July when the ban was passed.

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