Berkeley California just passed an ordinance forcing restraunts to charge 25 cents for disposable paper cups. The measure is aimed at improving the environment, however little impact it will actually have.
Sounds like coffee just got more expensive.
The Hill reports:
The Berkeley City Council approved the measure this week, which is aimed at cutting down on restaurant waste by encouraging patrons to bring reusable cups, according to the Associated Press.
The policy, Disposable-Free Dining, will take effect in January 2020. It will also require restaurants to shift to compostable takeout containers and to only provide reusable dine-in cutlery by the middle of the year.
The measure mimics the tax on single-use plastic bags already in effect across California and other states. But in the case of the disposable cup ban, restaurants would keep the proceeds.
It also comes as a number of cities and businesses have moved to cut down on plastic waste by banning single-use straws.