As of January 1, 2023, Culver City’s new phase of waste reduction regulations are in effect. This latest phase requires all food or beverages served for consumption on the premises of applicable dine-in facilities to only be served on or in food service ware that is reusable. Examples of food service ware include cups, trays, bowls clamshells, utensils, straws and lids.
The second phase of the waste reduction regulations and original polystyrene ban are still in effect. The second phase prohibits the use of non-compostable food service ware for takeout and delivery. The original polystyrene ban, prohibits the sale of solid and foam polystyrene food ware, including coolers that are not encased in another material.
The City also has an ‘Upon Request Policy’ stating that “No food provider may provide cutlery to any person taking prepared food away from the food provider’s premise unless food provider first ask person whether they want to receive and they respond that they do”.
Polystyrene products may be unidentified or be identified by a No. 6 with three chasing arrows that form a triangle.
By requiring this transition to reusable food ware, non-plastic, and compostable food ware, Culver City aims to further mitigate the environmental impacts of certain single-use plastics.
For more information and to learn about polystyrene alternatives, please visit Culver City’s Webpage on Single Use Plastics.
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