Plastic and Straw Ordinance

Plastics & Straw Ordinance

By April 22, 2018, all disposable food service ware provided to customers by restaurants and food vendors shall be biodegradable/compostable, or recyclable.  This includes:

  • All single-use beverage straws and stir sticks must be certified compostable
  • All cups and lids must be certified compostable
  • All disposable to-go utensils must be certified compostable
  • No number 6 polystyrene products are allowed, including hot cup lids

These rules apply to restaurants, grocery stores, delis, farmers markets, food trucks, special events, and any other business or event where prepared food is sold for carryout or packaged for convenience. PLEASE TALK TO YOUR SUPPLIERS as many local food service suppliers have products that meet these requirements.

All restaurants and food vendors need their suppliers to complete and maintain the Environmentally-Acceptable Food Packaging and Food Service Ware Statement to certify compliance with the City’s requirements. A fillable PDF version of this form can also be requested by contacting the Public Works Department at (831) 620-2070.

If you have any questions about the new requirements, please contact the City’s Environmental Compliance Manager at (831) 620-2078.