Berkeley Approves 25-Cent Fee On Disposable Cups


A California city approves a plan to curb food-related waste that includes a 25-cent fee per disposable cup as part of a city ordinance…

“The goal is to transition Berkeley from throwaway to reusable food ware, to incentivize people to bring their own cup,” Hahn said to the Associated Press.

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Patrons of restaurants and coffee shops in Berkeley, California, who don’t bring a reusable cup for their beverage will have to pay a 25-cent fee for a disposable cup as part of an ordinance approved by city officials to reduce restaurant waste.

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Berkeley’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the fee on single-use cups that will take effect January 2020.

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“The goal is to transition Berkeley from throwaway to reusable food ware, to incentivize people to bring their own cup,” said Councilwoman Sophie Hahn, who co-authored the ordinance with Mayor Jesse Arreguin.

The ordinance, called Disposable-Free Dining, also requires restaurants to provide takeout containers that are compostable by mid-2020 and to provide only reusable plates and utensils for those eating in. It also says other disposable items, like lids and stirrers, can only be offered when requested.

Restaurants would keep all proceeds, and it would be up to them to decide what to do with the extra money. The funds, for example, could be used to replace plastic cutlery for more environmentally friendly silverware, she added.

The single-use cup fee is the latest effort in the socially forward city to reduce waste. Bans on plastic bags received support in the city of 120,000 long before California became the first state to impose a ban in 2014. The city has also imposed a ban on plastic straws.

Berkeley pioneered recycling in the 1970s and banned Styrofoam in the 1980s. But that alone is no longer enough, Hahn said. More

“The ordinance called Disposable-Free Dining…”Better known as “Staying at home to eat because it’s too expensive to eat out because we’ve taxed everything twice” ordinance.

All I can say is I’m glad I don’t live there. Let them tax themselves to prosperity. The implosion will be an epic horror show of biblical proportions.

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