South Australians, would you like to see laws change to protect businesses that allow the use of reusable containers?
It's worked well for coffee cups. Cafés often encourage customers to bring in their own takeaway cup to cut down on waste.
The Greens want to expand the initiative, so people can use their own container at a butcher or their local takeaway restaurant.
But businesses are worried about liability, and COVID-19 has made everything a little more complicated.
Greens MLC Robert Simms told ABC Radio Adelaide’s Spence Denny it would give businesses more confidence to allow customers to bring takeaway containers to take leftovers home.
“At the moment, businesses can allow people to bring in a takeaway container if they want to, but the problem is a lot of businesses don’t want to do it as they are liable if something goes wrong.”
“For instance, if I bring my Tupperware in to your restaurant and I haven’t properly cleaned it or store the food properly at home and get sick, the business is liable.”
“It’s a simpler reform to amend the act making it very clear that it is the consumer that is responsible in that act rather than the business. And as a consequence, I think a lot of businesses would get on board with this and allow their customers to help reduce the waste.”
Via: ABC, Adelaide
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