Los Angeles County Food Packaging

Food Service Ware: Items used to package and serve food and beverages by food service vendors (e.g., restaurants, food trucks, fast-food and fast-casual establishments). Includes plates, trays, bowls, clamshell containers, cups, lids, and accessory items like utensils, straws, and condiment packages

Prohibits the retail sale of products made from expanded polystyrene (also known as “Styrofoam”), such as coolers, packaging materials, single-use articles such as cups, plates, and similar items, and pool toys, unless the products are encased in a durable material.

Allows for Compostable or Recyclable single-use articles that food facilities provide to customers with ready-to-eat food, such as food containers, cups, dishes and accessories; Full service restaurants must provide multiservice utensils (i.e., reusable foodware) for dine-in customers.

The full ordinance can be reviewed here. The effective date is 5/1/2023.