LD 505 – An Act To Require the Use of Reusable Food Ware at Eating Establishments

Summary: This bill requires that a prepared food vendor may sell or provide prepared food to a
customer for consumption on the vendor’s premises only if the prepared food is served to the
customer using reusable food ware. The bill also requires that a prepared food vendor may sell or
provide prepared food to a customer for consumption off the vendor’s premises using single-use
disposable food ware only if the prepared food is served to the customer using single-use
disposable food ware approved by the Department of Environmental Protection as recyclable or
compostable.
The bill also requires that a prepared food vendor selling take-out food to a customer for
consumption off the vendor’s premises must require payment by the customer of a fee, retained by
the prepared food vendor, of 25¢ for certain items of single-use disposable food ware in which the
customer’s take-out food is served or for each take-out meal served to the customer, whichever is
less. The provisions of this bill also apply to a prepared food vendor or other food server providing
or serving prepared food to customers at a state facility or state function.

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