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 (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.

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 Adoption and Enforcement Dates by Jurisdiction

JurisdictionDate Ordinance AdoptedOrdinance Enforcement Start Date
City of Half Moon Bay*October 6, 2020July 9, 2021
County of San Mateo (unincorporated areas only)February 25, 2020March 25, 2022
City of South San FranciscoMarch 25, 2020
City of BurlingameMay 4, 2020
Town of AthertonJune 17, 2020
City of BelmontNovember 25, 2020
City of MillbraeFebruary 23, 2021
City of BrisbaneApril 15, 2021
City of San MateoFebruary 1, 2021October 1, 2022

*A couple of different requirements apply to food facilities that operate in Half Moon Bay:

  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.

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!