Disposable Foodware Ordinance
The Disposable Foodware Ordinance is coming on October 1, 2022. Lear about what this change means for you and your next meal.
Link to: https://www.smcsustainability.org/waste-reduction/foodware
Did you know that one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution is the foodware that holds your next to-go meal? To address the problem of plastic pollution and protect public health, Atherton adopted the Disposable Foodware Ordinance that will start being enforced on October 1, 2022.
The Ordinance requires food facilities (e.g., schools, food trucks, cafeterias, groceries) to eliminate disposable plastic foodware and replace it with compostable alternatives made from natural fiber such as paper, sugarcane, or bamboo. Reusable foodware items are also highly encouraged. Cups, bowls, take-out containers, utensils, and straws are just some of the common disposable foodware items that are impacted by the new Ordinance.
If you need utensils, condiment packets, napkins, or other small side items (a.k.a. accessories) when ordering food, especially takeout, please remember to ask for them. Restaurants and other food facilities can now only give out these accessories when the customer directly asks for them and/or at dispensers that dispense one item at a time. Additionally, accessories can only be given out as separate, individual items.
Make sure your favorite restaurants and other food facilities are aware of the new requirements. Let the County of San Mateo’s Foodware Aware Team know if they need assistance.