Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 30 July 2023 12:00
New York City residents who order takeout food will soon have to make a specific request if they want plastic cutlery included with their order.
The city recently passed a law, known as “skip the stuff,” which prohibits restaurants, third-party food delivery services, and courier services from providing eating utensils, napkins, condiment packets, and extra food and beverage containers unless specifically requested by the customer.
The decision to implement this law was driven by concerns over the excessive consumption of plastic. According to the NYC City Council, over 320 million tons of plastic are consumed globally each year, with 95% of it being used only once and only 14% being recycled. The “Skip the Stuff” legislation aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste and lower expenses for food service establishments.
Starting Monday, restaurants found to have illegally provided plastic utensils to customers may face fines ranging from $50 to $250. However, to ease the transition, the city has announced that warnings will be issued for violations until July 1, 2024, when the fines will become mandatory.
This new law is part of New York City’s broader efforts to tackle the issue of takeout food packaging and its environmental impact. In 2019, the city banned the use of styrofoam containers for takeout food, and a ban on plastic straws went into effect in 2021.
The responsibility for ensuring compliance with the law also falls on third-party delivery services such as Uber Eats and DoorDash. They will need to make sure that they are not providing any prohibited items unless specifically requested by the customer.
With the implementation of the “skip the stuff” law, New York City is taking a significant step towards reducing plastic waste and promoting more sustainable practices in the food industry.