As of midnight, Styrofoam products such as trays, cups, plates, clamshell containers and packing peanuts are banned at food service establishments, stores and manufacturers across the five boroughs.
An environmental advocacy group on Monday called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and city agencies to expand recycling requirements for polystyrene foam.
The City Council’s sanitation committee held a hearing Monday on proposals to ban the containers and explore recycling them.
The ban on Styrofoam was proposed back in February.
Opponents rallied on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday before a City Council meeting where the ban was to be introduced.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new grudge against Styrofoam has drawn mixed reactions from New Yorkers.
“Each of the five boroughs, I think it’s fair to say, is better off today than ever before and our state and the state of our city has never been stronger,” Bloomberg said during his speech Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
On the eve of his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a new ban in store, as well as a parking proposal that might drive some New Yorkers crazy.
Giant styrofoam marionettes were used at City Hall on Monday to protest the use of the material in New York City school lunch trays, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.