Half Moon Bay Food Packaging

“Food Service Ware” means food contact products used for serving, distributing, holding, packaging, and/or transporting Prepared Food including, but not limited to plates, cups, bowls, trays, clamshell containers, boxes, utensils, straws, lids, and food contact paper (e.g., wraps, bags, tray liners, etc.). The term “Food Service Ware” includes Food Service Ware Accessories and Standard Condiment in Disposable packaging.

“Food Service Ware Accessories” include different types of Food Service Ware such as straws, stirrers, Utensils, condiment cups and packets, cocktail sticks/picks, toothpicks, napkins, cup spill plugs, cup sleeves, and other similar accessory or accompanying Food Service Ware used as part of food or beverage service or packaging. Detachable lids for beverage cups and food containers are not considered a Food Service Ware Accessory.

Prohibits Food Facilities from using Polystyrene-based Disposable Foodware when providing Prepared Food.

Allows for on-premises dining – reusable foodware and non-Reusable Foodware Accessories that are compostable; For take-out, Disposable foodware accessories and standard condiments only upon request by the customer.

The full ordinance can be reviewed here. Effective date is 1/19/2023.