Judge overturns New York City ban on plastic foam containers

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2015 2:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Supreme Court judge has overturned New York City's ban on plastic foam containers such as egg cartons and to-go cups.

In a decision made public Tuesday, Margaret Chan found the city Department of Sanitation's commissioner's order banning the product to be arbitrary and capricious.

The ban was spearheaded by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg and supported by current Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh). It went into effect July 1.

Officials estimate 28,500 tons of dirty plastic foam end up in city landfills every year.

In April, a group of manufacturers, recyclers and restaurants sued to stop the ban. They argued the containers could be effectively recycled in a way that saves the city money.

Chan found the city could save $400,000 recycling 40 percent of its wasted plastic foam.