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17.103.310 Restrictions on Single-Use Plastic Serviceware.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinance No. 189537, effective July 5, 2019.)

A.  As of October 1, 2019, all Retail Food and Beverage Establishments and Cafeterias, where beverages may be consumed at Dine-in areas, shall provide Plastic Serviceware only after Customer request.

B.  As of October 1, 2019, all Retail Food and Beverage Establishments and Cafeterias, where Customers order Fast Food, take-out or delivery, shall provide Plastic Serviceware to Customers only after asking if the Customer needs Plastic Serviceware and the Customer responds affirmatively. For Electronic Ordering, the Retail Food and Beverage Establishments are responsible for coordinating with any outside ordering service to prompt the Customer to select Plastic Serviceware.

C.  Exemptions. The following situations are considered exempt from the restriction on single-use Plastic Serviceware:

1.  Cafeterias and Retail Food and Beverage Establishments designed for counter service may allow Customers to access a self-service station for plastic Utensils.

2.  When the Plastic Serviceware is attached to or packaged by the manufacturer with a beverage container before the beverage container is offered for retail sale. For example, juice boxes.

3.  When the product includes an ingredient packaged with single-use Plastic Serviceware. For example, a separate plastic container of dressing included within a larger salad container.

4.  When free or reduced-price meals are provided as part of a social service to vulnerable populations, including without limitation, free or reduced-price meals provided by school systems, homeless shelters and programs that deliver meals to the elderly.

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