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NYSDEC proposes regulations that would ban styrofoam

STYROFOAM

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has proposed regulations that would ban styrofoam containers and loose fill packaging, commonly known as packing peanuts, starting in 2022. This ban will include any styrofoam "clamshell" containers, cups, lids, trays and other products designed for temporary or single use.

The goal of this new regulation is to build off of other waste reducing measures the state has taken in recent years such as the ban on plastic bags. The styrofoam ban would also help reduce the amount of non-biodegradable litter that is disposed of every year into the environment.

According to Amy Bloomfield, an Environmental Program Specialist with the NYSDEC, polystyrene (EPS) foam is one of the top contributors of environmental litter and poses negative impacts on wildlife, waterways, and natural resources.

The NYSDEC is still accepting comments on the proposed regulations from now until November 22, 2021. Comments can be submitted to the following email address: foamban@dec.ny.gov

There will also be a virtual public hearing hosted by the NYSDEC on November 15, 2021.

For more information on this matter, visit the NYSDEC's website.

Jason Doris

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