San Mateo County 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 single-use foodware accessories at most locations; food facilities cannot have available accessories in open bins/containers at self-serve areas for consumers to grab-and-go; PFAS as of 1/1/2023.

Allows for single-use foodware accessories only at drive-throughs and public airports; accessories only available one-at-a-time at dispensers.

Ordinance here. The effective date is 10/1/2022.