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Beginning next year, restaurants and coffee shops in Berkeley, Calif., may have to implement a policy of BYOC.

The famously progressive university city’s council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a 25-cent fee on single-use cups in a bid to reduce restaurant waste. The ordinance also requires all dine-in plates and utensils to be reusable and takeout containers to be compostable by mid-2020. Other disposable items, like lids and stirrers, can be offered to customers only by request.

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