Cafeteria Culture and students from our program celebrated day 1 of NYC's styrofoam ban with the Mayor and Sanitation Commissioner (January 1, 2019).
These middle school students, who participated in Cafeteria Culture's Plastic Free Waters program at PS 15 Patrick F Daly for 2 years, collected local plastic litter data in Red Hook and at beaches, testified at City Council, studied how single-use plastic degrades in the environment and took a deep dive into the root causes of plastic pollution.
Then they took action by helping to organize a Youth Rally to Ban Foam at NY City Hall for World Oceans Day (May 30, 2018). One week later, a judge announced that the court would allow to city to enact the ban! They also organized the first Plastic Free Lunch Day in a NYC public school cafeteria!
NYC Council voted yes to ban polystyrene foam products and the bill was signed into law in December 2013. Due to industry backed lawsuits, It took another 5 years for this bill to go into effect.
The students were thrilled to celebrate this environmental victory with Mayor de Blasio, Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, NRDC and others who worked for many years to get this law passed and into effect!
Learn more: cafeteriaculture.org/ban-foam-in-nyc.html