California Proposes Bill to Combat Plastic Waste from Restaurants

A new bill introduced in California aims to tackle the state’s massive plastic waste problem by banning the use of disposable takeout cups in certain restaurants. Senate Bill 1167, proposed by state Sen. Catherine Blakespear, D-Encinitas, seeks to require chain restaurants to provide dine-in customers with non-toxic reusable cups instead of single-use plastic or paper cups that often end up in landfills.

Blakespear emphasizes the urgent need to reduce plastic waste in California, stating that it is crucial for protecting the environment and promoting sustainable living. SB 1167 is seen as a simple and practical step towards achieving this goal. The bill has garnered support from various environmental organizations, including Heal the Bay, Surfrider Foundation, the 5 Gyres Institute, and Californians Against Waste.

The collective statement issued by these organizations highlights the extent of the plastic waste problem associated with food service. More than 500,000 tons of plastic waste are generated through the use of single-use drinkware, including not only cups but also lids, stirrers, drink stoppers, and drink sleeves. Despite being marketed as recyclable or compostable, these cups often end up in landfills or the environment, contributing to pollution.

Even paper cups, which may appear more eco-friendly at first glance, are often lined with polyethylene plastic, making them difficult to recycle. They also pose a significant threat to the environment and human health when they break down into micro- and nanoplastics.

In addition to addressing plastic waste from restaurants, Blakespear has been an advocate for banning plastic bags in California. This bill represents another step towards reducing plastic pollution and promoting a sustainable future for the state. By encouraging the use of non-toxic reusable cups, California aims to set an example for other states and countries in the fight against plastic waste.

พรมแปะเกาะเป็นพรมที่แปะเรียบลงบนพื้นหรือผนังโดยใช้ขั้วแปะ พรมแปะเกาะมักจะมีความยืดหยุ่น และสามารถถอดล้างและใช้ได้ซ้ำได้ โดยปกติแล้ว พรมแปะเกาะถูกใช้ในที่รับประทานอาหารหรือร้านอาหารที่ส่วนใหญ่ได้รับความนิยม
Heal the Bay
Surfrider Foundation
The 5 Gyres Institute
Californians Against Waste