California leading the way in new approach to dine-in, takeout, leftover containers

California Assembly Bill 619 has passed allowing restaurants to use reusable cups and containers brought in by customers as part of the state’s commitment to reduce single-use plastics. As more people attempt to reduce, reuse and recycle, restaurant guests are increasing bringing their own reusable containers for dine-in, takeout and leftovers. The Bill clarifies how restaurants can safely ‒ and voluntarily ‒ allow reusables. To prevent cross-contamination, the bill requires restaurants to isolate customer containers from serving surfaces or sanitize serving surfaces after each filling. You’ll recall earlier this year Calif. became the first state to ban plastic, single-use drinking straws.