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Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance

Foodware Aware - Reuse, Choose, Refuse

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.

UPDATE: The County recently updated the Ordinance in February 2022 to align with new state requirements (AB 1276 and AB 1200). Updates on the new requirements are now available. Click the “Resource for Food Facilities” button below!
Resources for Food Facilities
Foodware Aware Ordinance Summary

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.

UPDATE: The March 25, 2022 enforcement dates for many of the jurisdictions in the table below will be extended to later on in 2022, so please remember to check back for updates!

Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance Information by Jurisdiction

 Jurisdiction with Link to Ordinance WebpageDate Ordinance AdoptedEnforcement Start DateRequirements that Differ from the County's Model Ordinance
1City 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 (dispensers and self-serve areas not allowed).
2County of San Mateo (unincorporated areas only)February 25, 2020October 1, 2022
(previously March 25, 2022)
3City of South San FranciscoMarch 25, 2020October 1, 2022
(previously March 25, 2022)
4City of BurlingameMay 4, 2020October 1, 2022
(previously March 25, 2022)
5Town of AthertonJune 17, 2020October 1, 2022
(previously March 25, 2022)
6City of BelmontNovember 25, 2020October 1, 2022
(previously March 25, 2022)
7City of MillbraeFebruary 23, 2021October 1, 2022
(previously March 25, 2022)
8City of BrisbaneApril 15, 2021October 1, 2022
(previously March 25, 2022)
9Town of ColmaJuly 14, 2021March 25, 2022
10Town of HillsboroughSeptember 13, 2021October 1, 2022
(previously March 25, 2022)
11City of San MateoFebruary 1, 2021October 1, 2022
12City of Daly CitySeptember 13, 2021October 1, 2022Wherever practicable, food facilities shall provide reusable foodware in place of disposable foodware.
13City of San BrunoSeptember 14, 2021October 1, 2022
14City of San CarlosOctober 25, 2021October 1, 2022
15City of PacificaMarch 14, 2022June 1, 2023: Reusables requirement

October 1, 2022: All other ordinance requirements
Starting on 6/1/23, food facilities must use reusable foodware for dine-in, except for straws, stirrers, cocktail sticks/picks, toothpicks, napkins, wrappers, and liners so long as they are fiber-based, compostable.
16City of Foster CityOctober 11, 2011
(City adopted County's polystyrene ban ordinance by reference in 2011, which was then automatically replaced with current County foodware ordinance)
October 1, 2022

Current as of May 25, 2022. The above table will continue to be updated!

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