The ordinance will require:
1. All takeout disposable food ware must be compostable or made of aluminum.
2. Straws must be natural-fiber compostable and only available upon request.
3. For people eating at a restaurant, only reusable food ware is permitted.
4. The County will levy a charge of $0.25/disposable cup.
5.Thee restaurant must have garbage, recycling, and organics bins in front and back of house with "graphic-rich" signage. .
The County will begin enforcement one-year after the ordinance is adopted.
You can see and comment on the draft ordinance here.
For our town, this will help us some to reduce our climate footprint. Today, waste represents about 6% of our emissions, and the amount of waste from these particular products is of course, much smaller. Nonetheless, this is a critical thing we can all do that will make a difference in tackling the problem we face.
The County ordinance notes that using reusable food containers for take-out food in most cases saves money (the restaurant does not need to spend money on disposable materials and then pay to haul them away) and obviously reduces our footprint. They say. that this will improve the customer experience, though I am not sure exactly what they are thinking on this point.
At any rate, I carry a reusable cup and water bottle and Spork almost everywhere I go. It has reduced the amount of stuff I throw way by a large amount. This is something that everyone can do, regardless of means, and it does make a difference.
Rebels with a Cause - we can do this.