The new ordinance prohibits merchants from providing single-use plastic bags for purchases or Styrofoam packaging for food or beverages. In addition, disposable foodware accessories, such as plastic utensils, plastic straws, and pre-packaged condiments, will be provided only upon request by the customer or offered as a self-serve option. This provision will prevent unwanted and unused disposable items from ending up in the trash without even being used. To take full advantage of this option, decline plastic utensils when asked and use washable items instead.
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