Westchester County’s new “Upon Request” Law

Have you heard about Westchester County’s new “Upon Request” Law?

Effective September 2, no food service establishment within the County may provide single-use foodware or condiment packets to dine-in or take-away customers unless expressly requested. This initiative is aimed at curbing unnecessary plastic waste and promoting a more sustainable approach to dining.

This pertains to items such as forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks, cup sleeves, beverage lids and condiment packets.

Upon customer request, single-use foodware items or condiment packets must be provided individually, rather than in packages containing multiple items.

Customers are encouraged to ask for single-use items only when needed, fostering responsible consumption.

Single-use plastic beverage stirrers and “splash sticks” will no longer be permitted within food service establishments.

Food service establishments are required to prominently display a clearly legible sign informing customers that plastic utensils, condiments, and straws are available only upon request.  This sign, provided by the County, will serve to increase awareness and encourage responsible plastic use.

For more information, see https://www.westchestergov.com/home/all-press-releases/9920-westchester-county-s-upon-request-law-aimed-at-curbing-use-of-single-use-foodware-takes-effect-on-september-2

See this video for more:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXdOSbzDEKc