NEW YORK, U.S. – NYC Council Member Mark Levine introduced a bill Wednesday to create a “right to reuse,” obligating every store and coffee shop in the city to post a sign informing customers that they can use their own cup.
This, the Upper Manhattan councilman asserted, would encourage caffeine fiends citywide to bring their own mugs from home, reducing the number of disposable containers littering city streets and decomposing in landfills, reports Crain’s New York Business.
“Many coffee shops have policies that don’t allow environmentally conscious consumers to get their own reusable containers filled up,” Levine said in a press release. “This bill is a simple, cost-saving solution, that will empower New Yorkers to reduce their carbon footprint.”
The regulation would fall on small brewers and big chain stores alike. Levine did not immediately respond to a call inquiring how businesses might deal with variation in the size and volume of reusable cups.