In 2019, Santa Cruz County passed a single-use cup charge of 25 cents for each cup. The measure seeks to reduce litter, waste and pollution. To view the full text of the ordinance, Click Here.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, implementation of this charge was delayed. The measure would allow the County to collect half of the proceeds from this charge to be used for waste reduction and environmental programs, among other purposes. The remaining half of the revenue would cover local business’ costs for administering and collecting the charge.