New York, NY – Mayor de Blasio has signed an executive order that will end the direct City purchase of single-use plastics in favor of compostable or recyclable alternatives.
“Big Oil has been pushing single use plastics for too long – and it stops here,” said Mayor de Blasio. “They litter our beaches and parks, jam our recycling machines, and contribute to climate change. Our actions today will help us build a fairer city for all New Yorkers.”
New York City purchases at least 1.1 million pounds of single-use plastic foodware every year, which includes plastic straws, cutlery, plates, bowls, cups, and trays. This Executive Order will reduce New York City’s carbon emissions by approximately 500 tons per year. This will decrease plastic pollution, and reduce risks to wildlife. The City estimates this EO will reduce the purchase of single-use plastics by city agencies by 95%, and will begin implementation by the end of the year.
“Ending the City’s reliance on single-use plastic foodware, while also ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to these implements when necessary, is an enormous win — both for the environment and accessibility. The Mayor’s order clearly demonstrates that shrinking our environmental footprint does not have to come at the cost of limiting options for residents with disabilities,” said Council Member Helen Rosenthal.