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Dart Products Europe Welcomes New York Foam Decision Upholding

21/12/2015

Dart Products Europe has welcomed the recent decision by the New York Supreme Court to uphold the overturning of the previous ruling banning street caterers in New York City from using  polystyrene foam foodservice containers. 

The City had banned the containers from use on the basis of recyclability but the ban was subsequently overturned by the Court following appeal by Dart Containers and others that demonstrated that polystyrene was indeed recyclable and offered solutions to collection and processing. 

New York City then disagreed with the Court’s decision and appealed the ruling.  The Appellate Court denied the City’s appeal and upheld the ruling overturing the ban, once again affirming that foam is recyclable and that a market exists for recycled polystyrene.  

Anne Sutton, VP for Innovation and the Environment Dart Products Europe said: “This ruling demonstrates that common sense and the facts have prevailed, led by Dart’s action.  The court’s decision is a good one for recycling, the environment, the citizens and businesses of New York City and for Dart Container. 

As the company that led the original lawsuit against the City’s ban, Dart Container is  eager to start recycling all foam and rigid polystyrene in NYC as soon as possible and have offered to pay start-up costs for recycling and ensure that the material will generate revenue for the City for years to come.  

We also hope that this action will be an example to cities in other regions, particularly in the UK, who are considering similar actions and we are willing to work closely with both them and our representative body the Foodservice Packaging Association to ensure that foam is treated equally alongside other recyclable disposable materials.” 

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