Since October 2021, California law has required restaurants to stop including plastic utensils, condiments like ketchup and mustard, and napkins with takeout and dine-in meals unless a customer specifically asks for them. Businesses have removed single-use disposable food-ware dispensers as well. This legislation was enacted to reduce trash on roads and pollution in the waterways. In July 2018, Seattle banned plastic straws and utensils in bars and restaurants to help reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution.
Now is our time to act. Say “No Thank You” to single-use items and tell your friends, family, and representatives.