1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Environmental Conservation
  4. Article 27: Collection, Treatment and Disposal of Refuse and Other Solid Waste
  5. Title 30: Expanded Polystyrene Foam Container and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging Ban


Section 27-3005 Exemptions and waivers

Environmental Conservation (ENV)

  1. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, this title shall not apply to:

  (a) Prepackaged food filled or sealed prior to receipt at a covered food service provider; or

  (b) Raw meat, pork, seafood, poultry or fish sold for the purpose of cooking or preparing off-premises by the customer.

  2. Any facility, regardless of its income, including soup kitchens, food pantries and places of worship, operated by a not-for-profit corporation or by a federal, state, or local government agency that provides food to needy individuals at no or nominal charge, and any covered food service provider having an annual gross income under five hundred thousand dollars per location as stated on the income tax filing for the most recent tax year and that: (a) does not operate ten or more locations within the state; and (b) is not operated pursuant to a franchise agreement may request from the department, in a manner and form established by the department, a financial hardship waiver of the requirements of section 27-3003 of this title. Such waiver request may apply to one or more disposable food service containers sold, offered for sale, or distributed by any such covered food service provider. The department shall grant a waiver if such covered food service provider demonstrates that there is no alternative product of comparable cost that is not composed of expanded polystyrene foam and that the purchase or use of an alternative product that is not composed of expanded polystyrene foam would create an undue financial hardship. Such financial hardship waiver shall be valid for twelve months and shall be renewable upon application to the department.