Restaurant Action Alliance NYC, Small Business and Restaurant Owners, Recyclers and Manufacturers File Suit Against Mayor Bill de Blasio and DSNY Over Foam Ban

New York, NY – The Restaurant Action Alliance of New York City and a coalition of restaurant owners today joined foam manufacturers, recyclers and foodservice industry leaders to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the de Blasio Administration that seeks to block the City’s second attempt to ban polystyrene foam…

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NY Daily News: Start recycling polystyrene foam: A program would be a boon to New York City’s small businesses

The New York City Council is set to hear testimony on Ia progressive bill that establishes a curbside program to recycle polystyrene foam across the city. I urge members of the Council’s Sanitation Committee to pass this legislation without delay. The bill responds to the cries of small business owners who have asked government to help ease the growing financial burdens of doing business in the city…

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Gothamist: Small Businesses Are Fighting For Their Right To Bury Us All In Polystyrene Foam

It’s been less than a month since the city’s ban on polystyrene foam went into effect, and now the Restaurant Action Alliance (RAA) is petitioning to have the ban revoked, arguing that the foam of clam shell takeout containers and packing peanuts is indeed recyclable, and that by targeting foam specifically, the city is putting undue hardship on small business owners…

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CBS New York: Industry Groups Sue To Stop NYC’s Plastic Foam Container Ban

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Restaurant, manufacturing and recycling groups have sued to stop New York City’s planned ban on plastic foam containers.
Coalition members from The Restaurant Action Alliance NYC said Thursday their lawsuit filed in Manhattan state supreme court seeks to block the ban that’s set to go into effect July 1, although there will be a grace period, without fines, until January…

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News 12: Businesses fight back against a foam-free city

NEW YORK – New York City is set to be foam-free soon, but a coalition of small business owners is trying to put a stop to it.

The Restaurant Action Alliance is a group of hundreds of restaurant owners suing the city over its foam container ban, claiming it will hurt them more than it helps the environment…

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NY Daily News: City businesses take fight against polystyrene foam container ban to court

Business owners put the bite on a plan to ban polystyrene foam cups and food containers, filing suit Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

A coalition including the Restaurant Action Alliance and Dart Container Corp. contends the ban Mayor de Blasio wants to start July 1 is illegal because the law requires the city to recycle such products, but Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia ruled arbitrarily that soft foam containers cannot be recycled…

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Plastics News: NYC restaurants push back against foam ban

New York City is getting significant push back from more than 1,000 restaurant owners over the city’s move to ban expanded polystyrene foam food-service products…

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Recycling Today: Restaurant owners petition to reverse New York’s foam foodservice products ban

The New York Restaurant Action Alliance (RAA) says more than 1,000 small business owners from New York City’s five boroughs have signed a petition demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio reverse his foam foodservice products ban. Restaurants and bodegas say they consider the ban, which went into effect on July 1, 2015, but will not be enforced until January 2016, a serious threat. Those who signed the petition say the mayor defied his own campaign promise to strengthen the city’s small business infrastructure by enforcing the ban…

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Crains New York: How a city councilman played a role in the foam-container ban’s defeat

The plastic-foam industry has more than a state Supreme Court judge to thank for the defeat of a citywide ban on its disposable cups and food containers this week.

The seeds of the industry’s victory were planted two years ago, when it recruited then-City Councilman Robert Jackson to its cause and paid for a laudatory mailing as he ran for higher office…

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Black Enterprise: Harlem Restaurant Owners Speak Out on Mayor Bloomberg’s Proposed Ban on Foam Products

New York City Council Member Robert Jackson and the Restaurant Action Alliance NYC hosted a Neighborhood Impact Tour in Harlem to discuss the effects of Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the use of foam foodservice products…

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Politico: Mastro, restaurant group sue de Blasio over foam ban

Randy Mastro, a high-profile city attorney and former deputy mayor, criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio and sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia Thursday morning, after filing a lawsuit that challenges the city’s ban on foam food and beverage containers…

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