Rule status: Adopted
Effective date: January 8, 2022
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Adopted rule summary:
The adopted rule adds a new penalty schedule to implement Local Law 64 of 2021, which creates restrictions on single-use plastic beverage straws, beverage stirrers, and beverage splash sticks (collectively, “single-use beverage plastics”)
Online comments: 2
I support penalties for single-use beverage plastics. The City needs to do a better job than what the State has done on the plastic bag ban which is not sufficiently being enforced. Instead, multiple City government agencies must immediately begin a comprehensive public education campaign to inform citizens and every business that is covered by the law of these provisions. The City must do extensive public outreach to all food service establishments in the City prior to this November via printed letters, emails, phone calls, trade press outreach, newspaper placements, social media announcements, and more. They must inform the public, announcing the forthcoming changes via print and online media, social media, and more. The new law is easy to understand: Food service establishments may not give customers a single-use plastic beverage straw, beverage stirrer, or beverage splash guard unless the customer specifically requests one.
As a New York resident since the 1980s I have seen litter and garbage skyrocket, especially in recent years. I remember decades ago a lot of litter, but not things that took millennia to break down, poisonous the whole time. Their manufacture didn’t heat the globe as much as drilling fossil fuels.
Please see the videos and images I made of the dire situation, how much litter is on our streets, overwhelmingly beverage plastic.
Note this morning’s news on France banning plastic nationwide starting this January: https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20211011-france-to-ban-plastic-packaging-for-fruit-and-vegetables-from-january-2022
New York City could lead the world. Banning cigarettes was predicted to hurt business but it helped, as did pedestrianizing Times Square.
Banning plastics will bring people to our home city to see its beauty, currently covered up with smelly, rat-attracting plastic waste.