DENVER — Make sure you have a fork and knife handy if you’re ordering takeout.
A new ordinance approved by the Denver City Council makes it so restaurants and third-party delivery services (e.g. Postmates and Uber Eats) can only provide single-use items like utensils and condiments if a customer explicitly asks for them.
The ordinance, referred to as #SkipTheStuff, was approved last spring and went into effect this month. Winna MacLaren with Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency told Rocky Mountain PBS that the city has been experiencing “lengthy printing delays” for the materials that will be sent to restaurants and businesses, but that many places have already received emails alerting them to the new rules.
Businesses that do not comply with the ordinance will be issued a warning. After that, they could be fined up to $999.
“This is a simple and effective way to reduce our collective waste,” said Grace Rink, Denver’s chief climate officer, in a news release. “Businesses can save money on single-use items by only providing what is requested, and customers will no longer need to landfill items when they use their own silverware, spices or condiments at home.”