Redwood City 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.

No Food Facility shall use Polystyrene-based Disposable Food Service Ware when providing Prepared Food.

Food Facilities shall only provide Disposable straws, stirrers, utensils, and cocktail/toothpicks (and the packaging that these individual items are wrapped in, if any) that are Compostable;
Food Facilities shall use Compostable items for the below Disposable Food Service Ware when providing Prepared Food:Plates, Bowls (of all sizes including, but not limited to soup and salad bowls), Cups (of all sizes including, but not limited to beverage and accessory cups for Standard Condiments), Food trays and food boats, Boxes, Hinged or lidded containers (e.g., clamshells), deli containers, and other containers used for the sale and/or distribution of Prepared Food; Polystyrene coolers and ice chests intended for reuse are exempt from the provisions of this Article; Disposable Food Service Ware that is entirely Aluminum Foil-based or recyclable glass is exempt from the provisions of this Article.

Ordinance here. Effective 11/23/22.