Dart Container Corporation Wins Its Suit against New York City

Dart Container Corporation Wins Its Suit against New York City

Dart Container Corporation recently won its claim against the New York foam ban. Dart is one of the largest producers of expanded polystyrene in the world, and the city of New York banned the use of the products because they could not be recycled. Dart took swift action in the case by offering concessions to the city, but a more direct approach was required. A win in this case changes the way Dart and New York City will work together on recycling initiatives. #1: New York City Could Not Recycle Expanded Polystyrene New York City has been trying to keep itself clean since Rudy Giuliani became mayor in the 90s, and their efforts to recycle as much trash as possible came to a halt over expanded polystyrene. The city did not believe that expanded polystyrene could be recycled properly, and a citywide ban on the product was instituted in 2013. Dart took action by offering to help the city to no avail. #2: Dart Offers to Pay Startup Costs Dart Container immediately offered to pay for the startup costs of a new recycling system that would filter out expanded polystyrene and plastics. The city would not have paid a dime for the service, and everyone would have won. The city did not accept Dart’s offer, and the ban still went into effect. Dart Container was forced to file suit to stop the ban. #3: The Legal Fight The Sanitation Commissioner of New York City determined that the city could not feasibly recycle these foam products, and several other companies joined Dart in the fight to lift the ban. A...