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INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC

THE PURPOSE OF THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO’S DISPOSABLE FOOD SERVICE WARE ORDINANCE (ORDINANCE) IS TO:

REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS AND OTHER FOODWARE WASTE

IMPROVE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS

KEEP OUR WATERWAYS CLEAN AND SAFE

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE PART OF THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT!

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1. Understand what the new Ordinance requires (Spanish translation).

request only foodware you need

2. Request disposable accessories like straws, stirrers, napkins, and condiment packets only when absolutely needed.

take only foodware you need

3. Take only what you really need at self-serve stations and dispensers.

reusable foodware

4. Bring and use your own reusables (utensils, straws, to-go mugs, leftover containers, etc.) instead of single-use disposables.

recycle or compost

5. Properly sort and dispose of foodware (check your local recycling and composting hauler/facility’s guidelines).

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6. Make sure your favorite restaurants and other food facilities are in compliance with the Ordinance (let us know if they aren’t). See our main page for the dates and areas in San Mateo County where the Ordinance will be enforced.

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7. Send a letter to food facility owners/managers encouraging them to be plastic-free. View a template letter here.