West Hollywood Regulation of Food Packaging

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Polystyrene ban for restaurants and food vendors.

Municipal Code:

  1. Title 15 – Environmental Protection, Pollution and Solid Waste. Article 3- Environment. Chapter 15.60 – Regulation of Food Packaging. Section 15.60.020 – Food Packaging Prohibitions (Ord. 90-261).

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Watsonville Environmentally Acceptable Packaging

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Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable. Title 6, Chapter 6 of Municipal Code. First adopted in 2009. Amended in 2014 to include a ban on retail sales of eps products.

Details of regulation: Food providers within the City of Watsonville may not provide prepared food in or on any product that contains plastic foam. Products that contain plastic foam are prohibited from use in all City of Watsonville facilities. City of Watsonville contractors in the performance of City contracts and special events promoters and vendors may not provide prepared food in products that contain plastic foam.

Ordinances:

  1. An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Watsonville Repealing Chapter 6 (Requiring the Use of Recyclable, Biodegradable or Compostable Take-Out Service Ware at Retail Food Establishments) in its Entirety and Adding a New Chapter 6 (Environmentally Acceptable Packaging and Products) of Title 6 (Sanitation and Health) of the Watsonville Municipal Code to Expand the Prohibition to Include, in Addition to Take-Out Food Service Ware, the Retail Sale of Plastic Foam Cups, Plates, Bowls, as well as Coolers, Pool or Beach Toys, Packing Peanuts or Other Plastic Foam Products, Except as Exempted.

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Walnut Creek Disposable Food Service Ware

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Details of regulation: No food vendor shall sell or otherwise provide prepared food in polystyrene-based disposable food service ware. All City facilities, City-sponsored events, and City permitted events are prohibited from using polystyrene-based disposable food service ware. All City departments, agencies, franchises, contractors and vendors doing business with the City shall not purchase or acquire disposable food service ware made from polystyrene. Exemptions include prepared foods packaged outside the City, coolers or ice chests intended for reuse, and emergency situations.

Ordinances:

  1. No. 2130 – An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Walnut Creek Adding Chapter 7 to Title 5 of the Walnut Creek Municipal Code Prohibiting Food Vendors from Using Polystyrene Based Disposable Food Service Ware.

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Union City Food Ware Ordinance

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Ban on polystyrene disposable food ware and requires all disposable food ware to be recyclable or compostable. Effective January 1, 2017.

Details of regulation: Food providers are prohibited from providing prepared food to customers in disposable food ware made from expanded polystyrene. City facility users are prohibited from using disposable food ware made from expanded polystyrene and all City departments will not purchase or acquire disposable food ware made from expanded polystyrene for use at City facilities or City-sponsored events. This applies to contractors. Exemptions include foods prepackaged outside the city, expanded polystyrene coolers and ice chests, undue hardship and emergency situations.

Ordinances:

  1. An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Union City Adding Chapter 7.06 “City of Union City Food Ware Ordinance” to the Municipal Code to Restrict the Use of Expanded Polystyrene Food Ware Products.

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Ukiah Disposable Food Ware

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Eps foodware ban adopted in November of 2014. Effective March 1, 2015.

Details of regulation: Retail food establishments and food providers may not sell, hand out, give away, distribute, or otherwise make available for public or customer use prepared food in disposable food service ware that contains polystyrene foam. City facility food providers may not provide prepared foods in disposable food service ware that contains polystyrene foam. This applies to all City departments, City contractors and lessees.

Ordinances:

  1. Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Ukiah City Code Entitled “Disposable Food Ware”

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Sunnyvale Environmentally Acceptable Food Containers

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Expanded polystyrene container ban in restaurants (effective Earth Day 2014) and ban on eps food packaging products for retail sale (effective Earth Day 2015).

Details of regulation: Food providers shall not dispense prepared food to a customer in a polystyrene foam food container. Polystyrene foam food containers and polystyrene foam food service ware shall not be sold or provided by any vendor in the City of Sunnyvale. Exemptions include raw meat trays and undue hardships.

Ordinances:

  1. An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Sunnyvale Adding Chapter 5.39 (Environmentally Acceptable Food Containers and Service Ware) of Title 5 (Business Licenses and Regulations) of the Sunnyvale Municipal Code Related to Polystyrene Food Containers and Service Ware.

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South San Francisco Green Food Packaging

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Details of regulation: Food vendors are prohibited from dispensing prepared food to customers in disposable food service ware made from polystyrene. All city facilities, city-sponsored events, and city permitted events are prohibited from using disposable food service ware made from polystyrene. All city departments and agencies shall not purchase or acquire disposable food service ware made from polystyrene for use at city facilities. Exemptions include prepared foods packaged outside the city, undue hardship, and polystyrene coolers and ice chests intended for reuse.

Municipal Code:

  1. Title 8 – Health and Welfare. Chapter 8.60 – Green Food Packaging. Section 8.60.020 – Prohibited use of disposable food service ware (Ord. 1398).

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South Pasadena Polystyrene Food Service Ware

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In November 2016, City Council banned all disposable food service ware made from Expanded Polystyrene for all food providers, retail sales and city facilities.  Effective November 16, 2017.

Details of regulation: No restaurant, retail vendor, food packager, retail food vendor, or nonprofit food provider shall provide prepared food to its customers in disposable food service ware made of expanded polystyrene; or purchase, obtain, keep, distribute, sell for home or personal use, or give serve, or otherwise provide to customers any disposable food service ware made of expanded polystyrene. No person shall use or distribute disposable food service ware made of EPS at city-sponsored events, city-managed concessions or city meetings. This applies to the city, its departments, and its city contractors, agents, and employees acting in official capacity. Exemptions include food items packaged outside the city, undue hardship, EPS coolers and ice chests, and emergency situations. 

Ordinances:

  1. An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of South Pasadena, California, Adding a New Article IV (Expanded Polystyrene Disposable Food Service Ware Ban) to Chapter 16 (Garbage and Waste) of the South Pasadena Municipal Code.

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South Lake Tahoe Food Packaging Regulation

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Ban of EPS take-out food packaging, retail sale within the city, and requires that plastic straws and cutlery be distributed only upon request.

Details of regulation: No food provider shall sell or provide prepared food in EPS disposable foodservice ware nor sell or otherwise provide EPS foodservice ware of expanded polystyrene products. No person shall use eps foodservice ware or eps products at a city facility or special event regulated by South Lake Tahoe’s approved special event guidelines. No food provider shall sell or otherwise provide plastic cutlery, plastic beverage straws, or plastic stirrers except upon request. Exemptions provided to food prepared or packaged outside of the city, raw meat trays, products made from eps which are wholly encapsulated by a more durable material. There is also an undue hardship exemption.

Municipal Code:

  1. An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe Adding Chapter 4.175 Polystyrene and Plastic Food Packaging Regulations to the South Lake Tahoe City Code

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City of Sonoma Polystyrene Food Packaging

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Government facility expanded polystyrene ban.  Chapter 7.30 of the Municipal Code.

Details of regulation: Any person who rents city property and while using that property willfully possesses, gives, receives, lends, offers or exposes for sale, uses, delivers, furnishes, transfers or disposes of any polystyrene foam food packaging is guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine. No city employee, councilmember not commissioner shall use polystyrene products while on city business nor shall any municipal funds be used to purchase polystyrene containers.

Municipal Code:

  1. Title 7 – Health and Welfare. Chapter 7.30 – Polystyrene Food Packaging. Section 7.30.040 – Violations and penalties (Ord. 89-6).

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