New York City has banned the use of plastic foam containers and polystyrene loose packaging by foodservice establishments, retailers and manufacturers, effective from 1 July, 2015. The ban includes cups, plates, trays and clamshell containers, among other items.

A statement by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said, "These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City. We have better options, better alternatives, and if more cities across the country follow our lead and institute similar bans, those alternatives will soon become more plentiful and will cost less. By removing nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from our landfills, streets and waterways, today’s announcement is a major step towards our goal of a greener, greater New York City."

In June 2014, Oxfordshire City Council announced a proposal to ban polystyrene take-away food containers in Oxford to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Similar bans have already been imposed in US cities including Portland, Seattle and San Francisco. Polystyrene boxes do not degrade over time. Compostable alternatives such as Biopac's sugarcane boxes can fully compost in just 12 weeks so much kinder to the environment.

Mark Brigden, Technical Director at Biopac, said "Our compostable Sugarcane Boxes are perfectly suited to takeaways and fast food outlets serving hot food. We take a variety of renewable, natural plant fibres and mould them into our range of Sugarcane Boxes. An attractive attribute of these boxes is that they don't sweat, unlike the polystyrene alternative. As they are made from natural materials, the container absorbs the sweat leaving your food looking and tasting much nicer." The boxes provide good thermal qualities to ensure the food remains hot.

Biopac has a wide range of eco-friendly alternatives to plastic foam containers and polystyrene. Visit our Hot Food Containers page to view the range.