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NYC ban on plastic foam food containers takes effect

NEW YORK — The new year means no more plastic foam coffee cups, takeout containers or packing peanuts in most places in the nation’s largest city.

New York City’s long-planned ban took effect Tuesday. The prohibition includes food containers and loose packing fill made from what’s known as expanded polystyrene. Exceptions include butcher-counter containers for raw meat. City lawmakers approved the ban in 2013, but a lawsuit from the restaurant industry held it off for years. A judge ruled this past June that it could go forward.

Associated Press