AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE USE OF CUSTOMER PROVIDED REUSABLE CONTAINERS AT ESTABLISHMENTS THAT PREPARE OR SERVE DRINK OR FOOD.
Enacts new GS 130A-249.1 to allow a customer ordering a drink at an establishment that prepares or serves drinks in disposable food service containers to request that the drink be served instead in the customer's reusable container. Also allows a customer ordering goods at an establishment that prepares or serves food and packages leftovers in disposable food service containers to request that leftovers be packaged in the customer's reusable container. Sets out three conditions under which the request can be denied based on inappropriate container size or material, unsanitary containers, or contact or contamination of food-contact surfaces. Requires the posting of signs stating that customers are allowed to request the use of customer-provided reusable containers. Allows for the adoption of temporary rules to implement this statute.
Amends GS 130A-247 by adding and defining (1) disposable food service container as a container used to contain, hold, or transport food or drink only once and is thereafter discarded (excluding items composed entirely of aluminum and (2) reusable container as a container designed to contain, hold, or transport food or drink that is capable of multiple reuses.
Effective October 1, 2022.
Appropriates $50,000 for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Commission for Public Health, to adopt the required rules.