Businesses, agencies, institutions, and non-profits cannot sell, distribute, or use single-use foam items in New York City.
NYC stores, food service establishments, and mobile food carts cannot offer, sell or possess single-use foam takeout containers.
Banned products include single-service items such as:
- Takeout containers
Manufacturers, distributors, and stores also cannot sell or offer for sale loose fill foam packaging (“packing peanuts”) in NYC.
Recycling numbers or chasing arrows symbol located on some foam products do not determine whether an item is banned. If the product is made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam as defined in the law and it looks and feels like polystyrene foam, it is prohibited.
Styrofoam is made of extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) and is just one type of polystyrene foam. Styrofoam has been incorrectly used as a generic term to refer to all foam products.
Exceptions to the Ban
The ban does not apply to residents.
In addition, the following items are not banned from sale or use:
- Containers used for prepackaged food that have been filled and sealed before they are received by the food service establishment, mobile cart (food cart), or store
- Containers used to store raw meat, pork, fish, seafood, or poultry sold from a butcher case or similar retail appliance
- Foam blocks used as protective packaging in shipping and receiving
More Information and Assistance
Learn more about the City's foam ban.
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