Nassau County's "Styrofoam" Container Ban

Please be aware of Nassau County's recently enacted Polystyrene Foam Container Ban, (Local Law 7-2019), which bans the sale or offer for use in Nassau County of any "single use" polystyrene foam container. Commonly referred to by the brand name "Styrofoam," polystyrene foam containers are typically used for takeaway food service and disposable single-use items such as clamshell-style containers, coffee cups, and plates. Products made with polystyrene foam are typically labeled with the recycling chasing arrows symbol surrounding the number 6 and followed by the letters "PS."

Please CLICK HERE to download Nassau County's fact sheet which details the law and explains frequently asked questions. Additionally, you can also CLICK HERE for a copy of the local law, and CLICK HERE for the plastic resin code identification guide.

Important: It has been brought to our attention that some distributors of polystyrene foam containers have been telling local businesses that Local Law 7-2019 does not apply to their (the distributor's) existing stock of product. Please note that this information is false, and by shifting their stock to local businesses, these distributors are putting local businesses at risk for violation. We ask that our member businesses please remain vigilant when dealing with product distributors.

For any questions or for more information regarding the Polystyrene Foam Container Ban, please feel free to contact:

Gregory A. May
Commissioner, Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs
240 Old Country Road, Third Floor, Mineola, NY 11501
Phone #: (516) 571 - 6005
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