NYC Considers a Ban on Foam Cups, Containers

The City Council's Committee for Sanitation and Solid Waste Management is considering a bill to ban foam cups and take-out containers. It plans to hold a public hearing on the measure on Monday.

Polystyrene, incorrectly referred to as styrofoam, makes up about half of one percent of the city's trash.

Those who oppose the ban, including restaurant owners and foam manufacturers, say it would do little to reduce solid waste.

The City Council is also considering a bill that would require foam to be recycled in the city, which could generate revenue. It would apply to all foam – like the block that comes when you purchase a new television.

The foam ban would only apply to cups and take-out containers.