Why will businesses be charging a $0.10 customer charge for disposable cups?

This charge is to help change consumer behavior towards bringing reusable cups since single-use cups create unnecessary waste and pollute our environment. This charge is also to support the businesses in moving over to the more sustainable option of compostable cups (and food service ware in general).

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1. When will this ordinance go into effect?
2. What types of compostables food-service ware products are accepted?
3. What food-service ware products are not allowed?
4. Where can businesses purchase acceptable compostable foodware in Watsonville?
5. Does this ordinance apply to food trucks, farmers’ markets, or events
6. Where should compostable packaging be disposed of?
7. Should I throw compostable foodservice ware into the food scrap, recycling, or trash bin for disposal?
8. Where does the $0.10 customer charge for a disposable cup go?
9. Why will businesses be charging a $0.10 customer charge for disposable cups?
10. Does the City get any money for the customer cup charge?
11. To avoid the $0.10 cup charge, can customers use their own reusable cups for any type of beverage?
12. Is anyone exempt from the $0.10 customer cup charge?
13. If I bring my own cup or food container to take my to-go food or restaurant leftovers home, will the restaurants accept that?
14. Who will be enforcing this new ordinance? Will there be penalties for non-compliant businesses?
15. Who can I contact about help getting the three-bin waste stream system set up at my business?
16. If I have more questions about this ordinance, who can I talk to to learn more?
17. What do I do with extra garbage?
18. How do I order a bin?
19. When, where and how do I set out my yard waste cart?