LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles restaurant customers will only receive plastic utensils and napkins if they ask for them, according to a new executive order that goes into effect Monday and aims to reduce waste.
The rule requires all restaurants with more than 26 employees to remove all disposable plastic utensil dispensers, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Businesses should also stop including plastic utensils and napkins with take-away orders or for dining unless a customer specifically asks for them.
Enforcement will not begin until January.
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Over 32,000 emails were sent out earlier this year to update restaurants on the new rules. The letters were printed in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and English.
The city council adopted the executive order in April last year.
The city of Malibu set the standard for plastic bans in 2008 when it phased out plastic shopping bags, then a decade later cracked down on disposable plastic. The cities of Davis and San Luis Obispo have similar laws, according to the Times.