Truckee enacts to-go charges

Starting Jan. 1, 2024, a 25-cent fee will be applied to each disposable cup and food container provided for to-go orders at establishments within the Town Truckee, according to a press release. The fee is intended to incentivize customers to bring their own reusable cup or food container. Disposable foodware products make up 68 percent of litter found in Truckee, according to Keep Truckee Green.

The 25-cent fee will be applied to single-use takeout cups and containers such as rigid paper or plastic boxes, soup containers, coffee cups and soda cups. The fee will not be applied to light disposable packaging such as foil or paper wraps. Customers may avoid this fee by bringing reusable cups or participating in Truckee’s reusable green box program.

Green boxes may be purchased for $5 at participating restaurants, and then each box can be reused and returned at any participating restaurant for free. When placing a to-go order, request the meal in a reusable green box. Bring the box to exchange for a meal provided in a new green box, then repeat at any participating restaurant.

Customers receiving WIC, EBT, CalFresh/SNAP or Medi-Cal benefits are exempt from the fees and should request a Community Support Exemption when placing an order. | keeptruckeegreen.org