In what the city touts as the country’s “most ambitious” plan to reduce food-related waste, Berkeley, California, passed legislation Tuesday night that will require restaurant customers to pay 25 cents for a disposable cup.
Restaurants will keep all money collected from the 25-cent fee, set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The city council approved the measure unanimously, the Associated Press reported.
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.
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