Advocate for a reusable foodware ordinance in your city
The city of Berkeley, CA adopted a landmark ordinance in January 2019 that focuses on reducing waste and limiting single-use plastic. It can be used to guide other cities to adopt similar legislation.
Starting January 2020:
- Disposable foodware must be BPI Certified Compostable.
- Food vendors can seek waivers to use recyclable alternatives if they are unable to source the ideal foodware.
- Food vendors will show a charge of $0.25 for disposable hot and cold cups, and it must be visible to customers on menus, signs, and receipts.
Starting July 2020:
- For dine-in, food vendors must use reusable foodware for eating-in, such as ceramic plates and metal forks.
- Food vendors may do their own dishwashing on-site or contract with a service for off-site cleaning.
- Technical assistance and mini-grants will be available to assist food vendors in this transition. Also, hardship waivers can be requested.
ReuseSF is working on a similar ordinance for the city of San Francisco.
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