Unintended consequences

Seattle’s packaging law could force high costs on local operators

Environmental consciousness abounds in Seattle, home to such socially responsible icons as Starbucks Coffee. But a groundbreaking ban on disposable packaging has several restaurant operators confirming that it is not always easy being green — something more operators will discover as stricter bans are enacted.


Effective July 1, Seattle became the first city to ban completely all single-use, or disposable, packaging. The ban, which requires that any packaging be either compostabl

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