December 19th, 2019

Governor Cuomo’s proposal of a statewide ban on polystyrene styrofoam food containers and loose fill packaging materials is a move that ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) fully supports.

Styrene, a component of polystyrene, is a suspected carcinogen and neurotoxin. Humans ingest styrene when it migrates into food and beverages from contact with containers made from polystyrene foam, or from drinking contaminated water. Styrofoam, which is manufactured from petroleum, is non-biodegradable and non-recyclable, and often ends up as litter in our wildlands and oceans where it persists for centuries.

“ADK commends Governor Cuomo for seeking to ban styrofoam containers that negatively impact the health of humans and wildlife and that pollute wildlands, lakes, and reservoirs,” said Michael Barrett, Executive Director of ADK.

Governor Cuomo’s Styrofoam ban, the fifth proposal of his 2020 State of the State, would also empower the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to review and take action to limit or ban other packaging material.