DISPOSABLE FOOD SERVICE WARE ORDINANCE
The County of San Mateo’s (County) Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance (Ordinance) was adopted by the County’s Board of Supervisors on February 25, 2020. This new law regulates and reduces disposable food service ware made of plastic and other foodware waste. The new regulations apply to food facilities that operate in unincorporated areas of the county and in cities that adopt the County’s Ordinance as a model ordinance (see list below). The County’s Foodware Aware Team is here to help your facility make the transition away from plastics and reduce foodware waste! We also encourage our public to join and play an important role in this effort.
Food facilities that operate in unincorporated areas of the County and within cities that adopt the County’s Ordinance will have to comply by the enforcement dates listed below.
Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance Adoption and Enforcement Dates by Jurisdiction
|Jurisdiction||Date Ordinance Adopted||Ordinance Enforcement Start Date|
|City of Half Moon Bay*||October 6, 2020||July 9, 2021|
|County of San Mateo (unincorporated areas only)||February 25, 2020||March 25, 2022|
|City of South San Francisco||March 25, 2020|
|City of Burlingame||May 4, 2020|
|Town of Atherton||June 17, 2020|
|City of Belmont||November 25, 2020|
|City of Millbrae||February 23, 2021|
|City of Brisbane||April 15, 2021|
|City of San Mateo||February 1, 2021||October 1, 2022|
*A couple of different requirements apply to food facilities that operate in Half Moon Bay:
- Wherever practicable, food facilities shall provide reusable foodware in place of disposable foodware.
- Accessories such as straws, stirrers, cup spill plugs, condiment packets, utensils, napkins, etc. shall be provided only when requested by the consumer.
For additional information on the Half Moon Bay’s Ordinance modifications, please visit City’s website here.
Current as of May 2021. The above table will continue to be updated!
Thank you for being Foodware Aware and helping make positive change!