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New Laws Regarding The Use Of Plastics
And Latex In Suffolk County

straws and a container made from plastic and gloves made of latex

Update:

Effective July 1, 2021, a local law prohibits the use of products containing latex in food establishments and requires public notification of latex use in other businesses.

Local Law 7-2021 prohibits food establishments from using products containing latex such as gloves, utensils and food packaging in the course of normal business.

Local Law 7-2021 also requires all business establishments where products containing latex are used in the course of normal business to prominently display a sign stating that "products containing latex are utilized at this establishment" within 8 feet of customer entrances to the establishment, and adjacent to or behind the point of sale, if applicable.

The sign linked in the Resources section on this page meets the law’s requirements if it is printed a minimum size of 8 ½" x 14" and is protected from damage, tampering or concealment.

Exemptions (signs not required):

  • Products containing latex purchased and transported to an establishment by a private individual for short-term use of one (1) business day or less
  • Products containing latex that are completely enclosed in packaging for resale
  • Products containing latex that have been chemically treated to remove reactive proteins

Effective January 1, 2020, two local laws restrict the use of certain plastic items in Suffolk County. The purpose of these laws is to reduce the use of plastics in Suffolk County and help protect its natural resources.


Local Law 14-2019 prohibits the possession, sale or use of any disposable polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) food service items in all stores and food service establishments.

Exemptions:

  • Packaging used for pre-packaged foods that is filled and sealed prior to receipt by a food service establishment is exempt
  • Polystyrene containers used to store uncooked eggs or raw meats, fish, seafood and poultry sold from a butcher case or similar retail use are exempt

Local Law 20-2019 requires that single-use beverage straws and stirrers are provided to consumers only upon request.

  • Single-use straws that are individually wrapped in plastic may not be provided.
  • Beverage straws and stirrers, where provided, must be biodegradable or backyard compostable.

Exemptions:

  • Beverages provided at a drive-thru window or obtained by the consumer at a selfservice beverage station may be provided with a straw and/or stirrer without request
  • A consumer with a disability or medical condition may be provided with a plastic or other non-biodegradable straw if the consumer so requests
  • Pre-packaged, individual serving beverages that include a small plastic straw as part of the packaging are exempt

Enforcement will be conducted upon inspection by the Department of Health Services, where applicable, or upon complaint.

Further information may be obtained from the Bureau of Public Health Protection at (631) 852-5999.

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901