“Foodware” means all containers, bowls, plates, food trays, cups, lids, boxes, and other like items that are used for Prepared Foods, including without limitation, Foodware for takeout foods and/or leftovers from partially consumed meals prepared by Food Vendors.
“Foodware Accessories” means types of items usually provided alongside Prepared Food including but not limited to forks, spoons, knives, chopsticks, napkins, cup sleeves, food wrappers, beverage trays, condiment containers, straws, stirrers, splash sticks, cocktail sticks, toothpicks, tray-liners, and plate-liners.
“Compliant Non-Reusable Foodware” means that an item or product intended for disposal after one use and is: (1) accepted by the County through its composting collection program as Compostable as identified by the Deputy Director of Environmental Health Services or their designee; (2) is certified by either BPI Certified or other third party product certification recognized by the County through its Deputy Director of Environmental Health Services or their designee to ensure the item is free of harmful chemicals including but not limited to Fluorinated Chemicals, that may have been used in foodware manufacture, and is (3) made entirely of Natural Fiber, as defined that term is below, and including but not limited to paper, wood, or sugarcane fibers.
“Compliant Foodware Accessory” means that an item or material is (1) accepted in Marin County composting collection program as Compostable; and is (2) made entirely of Natural Fiber.
Allowed: Takeout disposable foodware must be natural-fiber compostable (no bio or “compostable” plastics) – aluminum is allowed;
Takeout foodware accessories must be natural-fiber compostable and available only upon
request or at a self-serve takeout station. Plastic straws only available upon request;
Reusable foodware and utensils must be used if a customer is dining in at a restaurant. Natural-fiber compostable accessories can be provided upon request.
All Food Vendors shall charge customers twenty-five cents ($0.25) at the point of sale for every
Non-Reusable cup provided unless they are exempt under this chapter.
Ordinance here. Effective 10/7/2022.