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Disposable-Free Dining Ordinance in Berkeley CA

By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer

The City of Berkeley, California is once again on the cutting edge of the sustainability movement. The City Council recently passed an ordinance requiring restaurants and cafés to use only reusable plates and utensils for dining in. The ordinance also requires restaurants and cafes to charge patrons a 25 cent fee if they get their beverages in a single use To Go container. It states that restaurants may provide lids and stirrers only upon request. Apparently there was no opposition to the ordinance.

The ordinance takes effect in January 2020.

Here’s a link to the LA Times article: Berkeley Disposable-Free Dining.

Question for our readers — What should be OUR next steps? Is the time right to ask the Portland City Council to pass a similar ordinance? Please contact any of us at Recycling Advocates if you would be willing to get involved. Thanks!

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