Grubhub Applauds New York City Council Passage of “Skip the Stuff” Bill to Cut Plastic Waste

January 23, 2023

City Council bill, backed by Councilmembers Marjorie Velazquez and Eric Botcher, stands to cut costs for restaurants by making single-use plastics available only upon request 

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2023 – Gruhbub today reinforced its support for cutting down on plastic waste by praising the City Council’s passage of “Skip the Stuff,” a bill to prohibit utensils, napkins, condiment packets and containers from being provided with takeout orders from restaurants and delivery services unless specifically requested by the consumer. 

“Grubhub is pleased to see the City Council take action to reduce plastic waste by passing ‘Skip the Stuff,’ which is a win not only for the environment but for local restaurants across New York City. By cutting out extra plastics, restaurants – particularly New York’s small and independent restaurants – now stand to save on operating costs,” said Joshua Bocian, senior manager for government affairs for the east region at Grubhub. “Meanwhile, New York City, already a leader on sustainability initiatives, is making meaningful progress toward curbing the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic used and directed to our waste stream each year.” 

Grubhub previously committed to reduce the number of single-use plastics when it joined the #CutOutCutlery initiative in 2021. Since then, the Grubhub app and website have automatically defaulted to zero utensils and napkins with every order. Diners can still request plasticware when needed.

About Grubhub

Grubhub is part of Just Eat (LSE: JET, AMS: TKWY), and is a leading U.S. food ordering and delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 365,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.