Food delivery and takeout are on the rise. So are the mountains of trash they create.

Vox | Dec 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM
  • About once a week, I slide open what I’ve taken to calling my “drawer of shame,” gaze at the plastic cutlery and wooden chopsticks that seem to multiply with each year, and then slam it shut with a sigh.
  • Americans throw out 120 billion disposable cups every year, or 363 paper, plastic, and Styrofoam cups per person.
  • Several jurisdictions around the Bay Area are lining up to do the same, the most prominent of which is San Francisco, whose Single-Use Foodware Plastics, Toxics and Litter Reduction Ordinance, passed in July, goes further by attaching an additional 25-cent charge to to-go food containers.