Thursday, September 21, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023

NYC Cracks Down on Ketchup and Utensils in Takeout Orders




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New York City’s takeout orders are about to undergo a saucy change as the Big Apple implements a new crackdown on waste, Your Content has learned.

Starting Monday, ketchup, napkins, and utensils will no longer be automatically included in takeout and delivery orders. Mayor Eric Adams signed the “Skip the Stuff” law earlier this year, aiming to reduce unnecessary plastics and waste generated by food establishments.

Councilwoman Marjorie Velázquez, who introduced the bill, highlighted the staggering statistics: over 100 million plastic utensils are used daily in the US, with $40 billion worth of plastic utensils discarded every year.

Businesses will now only provide these items upon customer request. The move is expected to benefit the environment without incurring additional costs for businesses, consumers, or the city.

Reported by the NYC Sanitation, Starting July 1, 2024, those not following the restrictions may receive a Notice of Violation. Fines for each Notice of Violation issued within a 12-month period are: $50 (1st Offense), $150 (2nd Offense), $250 (3rd and Subsequent Offenses). while neighboring state New Jersey is considering a similar ban.

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Self-service stations inside restaurants will be unaffected by these new rules. So, the next time you order takeout in NYC, don’t forget to “Skip the Stuff” unless you ask for it!

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