Disposable Cup Fee in Berkeley

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Many jurisdictions have implemented disposable bag fees, but Berkeley, California has a new plan to curb food-related waste. Restaurant customers must now pay 25 cents per disposable cup, with the restaurant keeping the fees. The goal is to encourage customers to bring their own cup.

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“Among the other measures included in the ordinance: disposable items like utensils, straws and napkins will be available only upon request or at self-serve stations, takeout food be served only using compostable dishes and utensils by January 2020, and dine-in food will be served only using reusable dishes and utensils by July 2020.”

“Recycling is no longer a solution – if we want to save the planet, it’s time to reduce, reuse and compost,” said Councilwoman Sophie Hahn.

Source: California city approves ‘landmark’ plan to curb food-related waste that includes 25-cent fee on disposable cups, Jan 23, 2019