Beverage Straw Ordinance
In keeping with the established goal to Pursue Environmental Sustainability and to continue to work towards the city’s zero waste goal to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill, on June 6 the Davis City Council passed an ordinance to eliminate unwanted beverage straws.
At their April 25 meeting, the Council expressed an interest in a new ordinance that would reduce the number of single-use beverage straws that are distributed by restaurants to customers.
The Beverage Straw Ordinance, which will go into effect on September 1, 2017, requires sit-down restaurants in Davis to ask dine-in customers if they want a single-use beverage straw before providing one.
While currently accepted for recycling by Davis Waste Removal, single-use beverage straws are often given by default in restaurants to all customers ordering a beverage. These straws may not be wanted by all customers, and are discarded even if they are unused.
This ordinance increases awareness in the community of the simple decisions we can all make to reduce waste and allows customers to make the choice of whether or not they want a straw for their beverage.
The ordinance only applies to beverages consumed in sit-down restaurants. The ordinance does not apply to take-out food orders at any restaurant, fast-food orders, and other locations that provide food or drink for consumption off the premises.