Food service establishments in the five boroughs will no longer provide things like cutlery, ketchup packets, and napkins for take-out.
The new rules, posted by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), stem from a local law Mayor Eric Adams signed earlier this year after the City Council passed it in January on partisan lines.
City Councilmember Marjorie Velázquez (D-Bronx), who introduced the bill, said during a City Council hearing that more than 100 million plastic utensils are discarded in the U.S. each day.
The city on Tuesday recommended fines ranging from $50 to $250 for restaurants, food delivery and third-party courier services.
Restaurants will only receive warnings until July 1, 2024, when the financial penalties begin to take effect.
Here’s a list of some things New York has banned or will ban.
- Certain Types Of Cigarettes
- Gas Powered Vehicles Ban – Kind Of
- Polystyrene (Styrofoam) Ban
- Plastic Bag Ban
- Certain Laundry Detergent And Cleaners
- Banks From Restarting Certain Foreclosures
- One Step Closer To Banning Use Of Gas/Fossil Fuels in Buildings
- Tackle Football Be Banned For Certain Kids
- Certain Personal Care Products
- Toxic “forever chemicals” from clothing
Fun fact: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, has familial ties to Heinz ketchup (she is the widow of Heinz heir Sen. H. John Heinz III [R-Pa.]. Back in 2015, Isreal banned Heinz from using the word ‘ketchup’ because it did not contain enough tomato ingredients to meet the Israeli definition of ketchup.
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