Judge backs NYC in ban on plastic foam food containers

NEW YORK — A judge has ruled in favor of New York City in its battle with the restaurant industry over plastic foam containers.

The ruling Friday in state court in Manhattan means the city can go forward with its ban on polystyrene containers.

Judge Margaret Chan denied an appeal by a restaurant lobbying group and manufacturers. They argued that it was feasible to recycle the containers.

As spokesman for the city law department said the ruling clears the path toward implementing a ban on foam products. He says the ban will protect New York City’s environment and its recycling program.

Restaurant group lawyer Randy Mastro told Politico that his clients are reviewing their legal options.

New York City has been trying to ban plastic foam containers since 2013 under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.