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L.A. City ordinance would require restaurants to provide to-go napkins only if requested

The request is for the Public Ministry to prepare a decree to make plastic utensils and napkins available only when requested by restaurant customers

In order to alleviate some financial burdens on Los Angeles restaurants and reduce waste, the Los Angeles City Council asked the city attorney to draft a law that would require restaurants, bars and other food service operations to provide napkins, plastic utensils and salt packs only if requested by the customer.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the motion that was unanimously passed on Wednesday asks city attorney Mike Feuer and the Small Business Commission to draft a new food accessories ordinance upon request, modeling it on the food ordinance. disposable plastic straws from the city, promulgated in 2019.

Restaurants, including ghost kitchens, would no longer provide utensils, napkins, straws and condiments with orders for food or drink, unless requested. The motion – filed by advisers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin – also states that third-party delivery companies, such as Postmates, UberEats and Grubhub, would need to program an optional feature for food accessories in online and application deliveries.

“It’s not about enforcement. Rather it is a focus on changing behaviors and reversing the normalization of widespread consumption of disposable plastic waste,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who spearheaded the plastic-straws initiative. “People care deeply about our environment and our planet. When consumers take a moment to think if they really need single use foodware items and contemplate the actions that are so casually destroying our environment, I believe they’ll make an informed decision.”

O’Farrell hopes the new ordinance would go into effect by Earth Day, April 22.

Read the full story on the Los Angeles Times website.

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