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The County of San Mateo has added a translation feature developed by Google Translate to assist web visitors in understanding information on this website in a variety of foreign languages. Please be aware that Google Translate, a free third party service which the County does not control, provides automated computer translations that may not give you an exact translation. The County cannot guarantee the accuracy of translations through Google Translate so translations should not be considered exact and only used as a rough guide. Anyone relying on information obtained from Google Translate does so at his or her own risk. The County disclaims and will not accept any liability for damages or losses of any kind caused by the use of the Google Translate feature.

Information for Food Facilities

Be Foodware Aware! Reuse, Choose, Refuse

Check out the resources below to help your food facility become Foodware Aware by meeting the requirements of the County of San Mateo’s Model Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance.

  • Want to see where in San Mateo County the Ordinance impacts? Check the list of jurisdictions here.
  • Want financial assistance to help you comply with the Ordinance? You may be eligible for a mini-grant to purchase compliant disposable and/or reusable products. Learn more.
  • Interested in true zero-waste take-out for your cafe? Host a reusable cup hub at your cafe! The cost is equivalent to current fiber-based compostable drinkware. Learn more.


Please check upcoming events to learn more about our Foodware Aware Program and available resources to help you meet the Ordinance requirements and go beyond!


The County may grant temporary exemptions under very unique circumstances. Please email for additional information.