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. 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 Information by Jurisdiction
|Jurisdiction with Link to Ordinance Webpage||Date Ordinance Adopted||Ordinance Enforcement Start Date||Requirements that Differ from the County's Model Ordinance|
|City of Half Moon Bay||October 6, 2020||July 9, 2021||(1) Wherever practicable, food facilities shall provide reusable foodware in place of disposable foodware.
(2) Accessories such as straws, stirrers, cup spill plugs, condiment packets, utensils, napkins, etc. shall be provided only when requested by the consumer (only one option).
|County of San Mateo (unincorporated areas only)||February 25, 2020||March 25, 2022|
|City of South San Francisco||March 25, 2020||March 25, 2022|
|City of Burlingame||May 4, 2020||March 25, 2022|
|Town of Atherton||June 17, 2020||March 25, 2022|
|City of Belmont||November 25, 2020||March 25, 2022|
|City of Millbrae||February 23, 2021||March 25, 2022|
|City of Brisbane||April 15, 2021||March 25, 2022|
|Town of Colma||July 14, 2021||March 25, 2022|
|Town of Hillsborough||September 13, 2021||March 25, 2022|
|City of San Mateo||February 1, 2021||October 1, 2022|
|City of Daly City||September 13, 2021||October 1, 2022||Wherever practicable, food facilities shall provide reusable foodware in place of disposable foodware.|
|City of San Bruno||September 14, 2021||October 1, 2022|
|City of San Carlos||October 25, 2021||October 1, 2022|
Current as of September 2021. The above table will continue to be updated!
An exemption from this Ordinance can be requested if no suitable alternative foodware item exists, if compliance would cause significant economic hardship, or if it is not practicable to use reusable foodware (for Half Moon Bay and Daly City food facilities only). Please request an exemption by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being Foodware Aware and helping make positive change!