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Skip The Stuff

Skip The Stuff

Tell the New York City Council: the “Skip the Stuff” bill is critical for New York’s waters and wildlife.

Please make New York City a leader in the fight to reduce single-use plastics in our oceans and waterways and vote for passage of Int. 0559—the “Skip the Stuff” bill.

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Support for Skip The Stuff
Dear Mayor Adams, Speaker Adams and City Council Members:

As a supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium, I'm writing in support of Int. 0559, also known as the “Skip the Stuff” bill.

This bill requires restaurants to provide plastic utensils, condiments, chopsticks, napkins and other single-use foodware to take-out and delivery customers only upon request, rather than as a default.

Food delivery platforms would have to provide a means for a customer to request the items, but the bill would require that the default option is that the customer does not request such items. Food service establishments, couriers and delivery platforms who violate this bill would be subject to civil penalties, however the bill would require that warnings, instead of a monetary penalty, be given for any violation occurring before July 1, 2024.

This bill honors customer choice. Often, takeout and delivery orders are eaten at home or in an office, where reusable utensils are available. Most New Yorkers have a drawer crammed with plastic utensils, chopsticks, and ketchup and soy sauce packets, which are often included with a take-out or delivery meal even when specifically requested not to be.

In 2021, New York City successfully passed the single-use plastic straw bill. Int. 0559 is the next step in keeping excessive plastics out of our waterways and environment.

We request your assistance to get this common sense bill passed this year.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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