It’s here, the new ordinance in Palm Springs banning the use of disposable plastic eating utensils.
The Palm Springs City Council passed this ordinance in July of 2021 to promote the use of reusable utensils.
The new ordinance affects all “prepared food vendors”. From coffee shops and food-vending convenience stores, to formal sit-down restaurants. It includes provisions for on-site dining as well as takeout food.
The ordinance also bans the sale and use of food containers that contain polystyrene foam and plastic.
When eating at a coffee shop or a deli or anywhere else in Palm Springs, you will have to be given reusable plates, dishes, cups, and utensils.
No more plastic forks and knives and spoons.
No more plastic straws and coffee stirrers. Those items will have to be made from other materials and be available if you ask for them or in a self service area. No more foam coffee cups.
Your takeout order cannot be in a styrofoam container and whatever container you do get, cannot be in a single use plastic bag…because those are banned too.
(utensils) be used for on-site dining.
The City of Palm Springs is offering sustainability scholarships to help businesses comply with the new laws.
Flinn Fagg, the Director of Development Services says The City of Palm Springs is excited to work with local businesses to implement this new policy and advance environmental protection.
Businesses can apply for exceptions where necessary and provide the City with a compliance plan.
As for customers…you should get ready and the city suggests the following.
More information is available on the City’s Sustainability Web page at www.yoursustainablecity.com
Plastic fork, knife and spoon, crossed over each other, on a table.
Photo by Alpha Media Palm Springs CA