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GIVE INPUT ON ORDINANCE REGULATING SINGLE-USE FOODWARE, LITTER
Use City online forum designed for civility

Berkeley, California (Thursday, December 06, 2018) - Use the City of Berkeley’s online forum to weigh in on a proposed ordinance to reduce litter and single-use utensils, plates and other foodware.

The “single use foodware ordinance and litter reduction ordinance” would impose standards on re-usable customer cups, compostable disposable foodware, reusable foodware for on-site dining, disposable foodware, disposable foodware waste receptacles, waivers, regulations on all food vendors and take other actions.

In addition to the “single use foodware ordinance,” the proposed City Council item would refer to the City Manager the following actions:

  • Establish a grant program by January 1, 2020 to help prepared food vendors with one-time costs to convert to reusable food utensils for customers who “eat in” on the premises. (Reusable foodware requirements become effective on July 1, 2020.)
  • Establish and launch a program by July 1, 2019 to provide technical assistance to prepared food vendors to implement the requirements of the “single use foodware ordinance”
  • Create and launch with community partners a “reusable takeout foodware” program by July 1, 2021.
  • Draft amendments to the ordinance to come to Council for approval that would implement the “reusable takeout foodware” program as an alternative to takeout foodware that is compostable. The called for amendments would also impose a charge on disposable foodware that is similar to the proposed ordinance’s 25-cents-per-cup charge on disposable cups.
  • Create a program to expand and support composting to ensure single use foodware is actually composted.

View and give input on this Berkeley Considers topic, which was selected by the Council Agenda Committee. Learn more by reading Item 27 on the Dec. 11, 2018 council agenda.

Registered users on Berkeley Considers can post their comments online with or without their name. Anyone can view registered comments. The goal of the forum is to broaden civic discourse in a constructive and civil manner.

On Berkeley Considers, each person on Council-focused topics will be allowed one comment, a feature enforced through registration and through the platform operator's analysis of 25 different fraud detection data points, such as IP addresses, browser identity and similarity between email addresses.

The forum will also be moderated so that comments comply with our guidelines for civility, which prohibits elements such as hate speech, personal attacks or obscene materials.

In the process, the intention is to create a more informed community and provide Council with a broader array of voices.

The platform is operated by OpenGov, which has used its software and services to broaden civic discourse around the country and Canada.

When registering, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is used only by OpenGov to identify statements from residents in and near Berkeley - so that users know which statements are from local residents. They will keep your information confidential, they do not accept advertising, and they will not share contact information, as noted in the company's Privacy Policy.

Of course, community members can, at any time, mail the full City Council through one email address: council@cityofberkeley.info.

Online forums are not social science, nor scientific polling. But, as with public comment, it is intended to provide the Council with additional data to help in its decision making process.

Look at the question before you. Consider what others are saying. Let the City Council know what you would like them to consider for Berkeley.

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