Austin passes law banning restaurants from throwing out food waste

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Restaurants in Austin, Texas have revamped operations this week by adopting sustainable measures for their food waste. According to a new law, which went into effect on Oct. 1, local eateries must now dispose of waste in a responsible manner as part of Austin’s Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO). The businesses are encouraged to chose from a variety of options including donating their unconsumed goods, sending leftovers to farms or composting organic waste in order to divert trash from landfills…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



California implements plastic straw ban at dine-in restaurants

A monumental week of reforms forged by California lawmakers saw no signs of slowing by Thursday when groundbreaking legislation was brought into effect by Governor Jerry Brown. The statesman, who has chastised the overuse of single use plastics on several occasions in the past, proudly signed a bill banning restaurants from distributing plastic straws with their customers’ beverages. While diners will still be given a straw if they specifically ask for one, the small hurdle could make leaps in curtailing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building