Judge Backs NYC Ban on Plastic Foam Food Containers

NEW YORK -

A judge ruled on Friday in favor of New York City in its battle with the restaurant industry over plastic foam containers, paving the way for its implementation.

Shortly after the ruling in state court in Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that the city “will begin implementation immediately!” on its 2013 ban on polystyrene containers.

Judge Margaret Chan denied an appeal by a restaurant group, saying their argument that it was feasible to recycle the containers was not realistic. Barring an appeal, the city can now move forward with a six-month grace period before fines kick in.

The Restaurant Action Alliance of New York City says they’re “deeply disappointed” and may appeal.