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Single-Use Foam Products

Some products can’t be easily recycled. Case in point: expanded polystyrene, or EPS. The Department collects more than 28,000 tons of EPS cups, plates, containers, and packing peanuts each year. Foam is lightweight and comprises a substantial amount of litter on our streets, waterways and beaches – and banning EPS products is the best way to keep this foam from landfills. In January 2015, Commissioner Garcia determined that recycling foam is not feasible. While a New York State judge has overturned the City’s ban on EPS, DSNY is exploring ways to keep this material out of landfills.