City of San Mateo Disposable Food Service Ware

Polystyrene food packaging ban based on the San Mateo County model was adopted in May 2013.

Details of regulation: No vendor shall use polystyrene-based disposable food service ware when providing prepared food. Exemptions include prepackaged food, polystyrene coolers and ice chests intended for reuse, and undue hardship.


  1. No. 2013-6 – Adding Chapter 5.89, “Polystyrene Based Disposable Food Service Ware,” to Title 5, “Business Licenses and Regulations,” of the San Mateo Municipal Code.

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