Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance

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.

Countywide 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 WebpageDate Ordinance AdoptedOrdinance Enforcement Start DateRequirements that Differ from the County's Model Ordinance
City of Half Moon BayOctober 6, 2020July 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, 2020March 25, 2022
City of South San FranciscoMarch 25, 2020March 25, 2022
City of BurlingameMay 4, 2020March 25, 2022
Town of AthertonJune 17, 2020March 25, 2022
City of BelmontNovember 25, 2020March 25, 2022
City of MillbraeFebruary 23, 2021March 25, 2022
City of BrisbaneApril 15, 2021March 25, 2022
Town of ColmaJuly 14, 2021March 25, 2022
Town of HillsboroughSeptember 13, 2021March 25, 2022
City of San MateoFebruary 1, 2021October 1, 2022
City of Daly CitySeptember 13, 2021October 1, 2022Wherever practicable, food facilities shall provide reusable foodware in place of disposable foodware.
City of San BrunoSeptember 14, 2021October 1, 2022
City of San CarlosOctober 25, 2021October 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 foodware@smcgov.org.

Thank you for being Foodware Aware and helping make positive change!