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Styrofoam Ban Implemented After Judge Sides With City

June 09, 2018 - 1:22 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The city's ban on styrofoam is back on. A judge is siding with the city in finding the to-go containers can't be recycled.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that the ban will be implemented immediately after a legal battle that dates back three years.

It could be an issue for street vendors, but it won't be a problem for most restaurants.

"We've never used foam," Dimitri said.

He works at Metro Diner and says customers would be unhappy with styrofoam.

"We try our best to accomodate the people in the neighborhood as well as ourselves, because unfortunately we're ruining the environment for ourselves," he said.

Foil containers cost about 4 times more, he said, but come with benefits.

"When you're gonna put hot French fries, when you're gonna put a burger or anything, it's gonna melt the styrofoam around, and it's not good for the customer to eat it," he said. "I'd rather not make a customer ill than save some money."

The ban is now back in effect, but it's unclear what the consequences will be for any scofflaws.