L.A. WILL LIMIT USE OF DISPOSABLE NAPKINS AND UTENSILS IN RESTAURANTS TO REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE

From NEWS.YAHOO.COM

In an effort to alleviate some financial burdens on Los Angeles restaurants and reduce plastic waste, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an ordinance to make disposable items such as utensils and napkins available at restaurants only when requested by customers.

The ordinance is subject to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s approval and would go into effect for food and beverage facilities with more than 26 employees on Nov. 15, and for all food and beverage facilities on April 22, 2022.

Garcetti voiced his support for the ordinance during his State of the City address on Monday. He also called for a citywide ban on plastic foam.

The ordinance would prohibit self-service disposable foodware dispensers and prohibit providing or offering disposable foodware accessories to dine-in and takeout customers, except when requested.

Facilities that violate the ordinance would be subject to a written notice for the first and second violation, followed by a $25 fine for each subsequent violation. A facility’s collective fines would not exceed $300 per calendar year.

The motion to request the ordinance was introduced by Councilmen Paul K… (Read more)