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You Have to Ask For Plastic Utensils and Napkins in L.A. Under New Law

Male Pulling Out Disposable Fork For Salad Dinner And Wine With Girlfriend

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Los Angeles restaurants will no longer freely distribute plastic utensils and napkins, instead will now offer them when customers ask for them.

According to the Los Angeles Times, this new ordinance went into effect starting Monday, November 15. Here is the caveat: only restaurants with more than 26 employees will remove all single-use plastic utensil dispensers.

The report adds that businesses also will stop including plastic utensils and napkins with takeout orders or for dine-in meals unless a customer specifically asks for them.

L.A.'s new ordinance is meant to reduce waste and costs for businesses. Enforcement of these new rules will not start until January. Food and drink businesses will be required to follow the new rules starting April 22.

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