Bill Memo: Right to Refill
This legislation ensures that establishments that serve beverages and food cannot refuse a customer’s request to have that beverage or food leftovers placed in a container provided by the customer.
New York is experiencing a solid waste and recycling crisis, much of it fueled by the collapse of markets for recycled materials in China. Each New Yorker produces about 4.5 pounds of trash a day – and New York City residents alone produce approximately 12 million tons a day. In fact, it is estimated that 80% of US products are used once and then thrown away.
This bill encourages customers to bring their own refillable containers by ensuring customers are aware they are allowed to use their own containers. This legislation will help cut down on the volume of single-use beverage and food containers that enter the waste stream every day.
This legislation could be made stronger by expanding to initial food orders, not just leftover or partially eaten food. Ensuring food service establishments (such as take-out cafes, counters, and food trucks) cannot refuse a customer from bringing their own reusable containers for taking away meals would also significantly help cut down on the disposal of single-use containers.
Environmental Advocates NY Bill Rating: Beneficial
Memo #: 32