The National Restaurant Association is working with the sponsors of a bill to ban single use plastics in order to educate them on how the legislation could affect the restaurant industry.
A bill is likely to be introduced in the US Congress this fall to ban many single-use plastics, require deposits for beverage containers, and set recycling targets.
In a letter to the legislation’s lead sponsors.Laura Abshire, the Association’s food and sustainability director, said: “We are concerned about the lack of recycling and composting infrastructure.
“For any recycling or composting program to work, the proper national infrastructure must first be present before mandates are imposed on businesses and consumers.”
Abshire said the Association is providing resources to help restaurant operators choose packaging that works for their businesses and brands, and keeping them up to date on the legislative and regulatory landscape.
The NRA said that the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) and its members are working with the Association, foodservice operators and local communities to help operators understand their options.
FPI offers resources on the considerations involved in choosing single-use versus reusable packaging and a strategic sourcing guide to help restaurants source new packaging if they choose to do so.