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Newport City Council Passes Plastic Foodware Ordinance

Tonight, the Newport City Council passed a comprehensive plastic foodware ordinance that will take effect March 31, 2022.

The ordinance

  1. Bans rigid plastic and polystyrene foam food containers (clamshells, bowls, etc.)
  2. Bans polystyrene cups
  3. Requires that single-use plastic food service ware (forks, spoons, stirrers, etc.) and single-use condiments be offered only upon request for takeout
  4. Requires reusable food service ware for dine in

There are several exemptions outlined in the ordinance that address business concerns and exempts meals provided as part of a social service program.

The Council also passed an associated Resolution designed to set businesses up for success by developing resources to support implementation of the ordinance. The resolution requires:

  1. A business outreach letter explaining the ordinance
  2. A list of suitable single-use alternatives for each product type (which will be developed by a stakeholder group comprised of a local waste hauler, a restaurant, a retailer or grocery, and an environmental or litter organization).
  3. A FAQ for grocery/retail establishments, and
  4. A FAQ for restaurants
  5. Any other resources to support business implementation of this ordinance.

Read the full ordinance here.