You really couldn’t make this stuff up, but the Berkeley California City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance this week that will require restaurants to charge customers $0.25 for disposable cups. The Single Use Disposable Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance, which sailed through on the recommendation of the City’s Zero Waste Commission, also requires that all takeout foodware be compostable and all dine-in foodware be reusable by January 2020, fast food restaurants included! As currently drafted, the ordinance requires that by the end of this month, restaurants must stop handing out certain disposables, such as utensils, napkins and lids. Then in January 2020, Berkeley restaurants must begin using compostable packaging for all to-go orders with the 25 cent cup fee kicking in at that time. Finally, in July 2020, all restaurants will need to stock reusable plates, cups and utensils for dine-in customers, even fast food restaurants, donut shops and others. And for an encore, the Council agenda next week includes a motion amending the existing Berkeley Living Wage Ordinance to limit waivers for employers!