News NYC styrofoam ban targeted by restaurant group Restaurants are suing the city to stop Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to ban Styrofoam containers. Photo Credit: Getty/David Paul Morris By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 April 30, 2015 6:31 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A coalition of restaurant owners, packaging manufacturers and other groups filed a lawsuit against the city Thursdayto stop Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to ban Styrofoam containers. The Restaurant Action Alliance NYC said the city is rushing to judgment over the environmental impacts of the containers and the ban would hurt small businesses who would have to find more expensive alternatives. The alliance called the plan "arbitrary and capricious," the same term that a Supreme Court Judge used to rule Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sodas. The mayor's office declined to comment on the lawsuit. Mayor Michael Bloomberg first proposed the ban during his last year in office and de Blasio moved it forward in January. The city's sanitation department determined Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) couldn't be recycled or repurposed. The ban, which would affect all single-use EPS materials, is set to be enacted on July 1. By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.