New York (CNN Business) New York City will begin officially enforcing its ban on styrofoam beginning Monday.
that have used styrofoam for take-out or large beverages, and it also prohibits stores from selling "packing peanuts."
The city outlawed the material on January 1, 2019, but businesses were given a six-month transition period before the crackdown began.
The city banned styrofoam, also known as polystyrene, because the material can't be "recycled in a manner that is economically feasible" or "environmentally effective" in its recycling program.
last year "New York City's ban on styrofoam is long overdue, and New Yorkers are ready to start using recyclable alternatives," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio saidlast year when he announced the ban .
The styrofoam ban in New York makes it the largest US city to ban the material.
Other cities that have banned it include San Diego, Miami Beach, Seattle and Washington, DC. »