On Jan. 1, the state’s ban on Styrofoam went into effect.

As a result of the ban, residents and businesses are no longer able to use polystyrene foam packaging, commonly known as Styrofoam. According to the law, disposable food containers including bowls, cartons, clamshells and cups are affected.

The new law does allow for exceptions for packaging for raw meat, seafood or fish sold for the purpose of cooking or preparing by the customer, as well as poultry, pork and prepackaged food filled or sealed prior to sale.

Rick Grabowski, owner of Amore Pizza in Queensbury, said that Styrofoam was the go-to for takeout items. But about two years ago he decided to switch over to takeout boxes made from 100% recycled material.

He said his business saw something like a ban on Styrofoam coming.

Jay Mullen is a reporter for The Post-Star covering the city of Glens Falls, Warren County and crime and courts. You can reach him at (518) 742-3224 or


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