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Proposed Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance

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Proposed Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance

The City of Millbrae is considering adoption of the County of San Mateo’s Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance, which would replace the City’s current Sustainable Food Service Ware Ordinance Number 717 adopted in 2008. The County’s Ordinance requires the use of compostable food ware and reduces the wasteful distribution of accessories such as straws, stirrers, cup spill plugs, condiment packets, utensils, napkins, etc.  

 The City is considering this Ordinance in order to:

  • Eliminate disposable food service ware that is not reusable or compostable
  • Improve the health and safety of community members by eliminating disposable food service ware that is harmful
  • Help meet our regional stormwater permit requirement by reducing street litter

The Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance would impact food facilities that operate in the City that provide prepared food for public consumption. It is expected that the ordinance will go to the City Council on June 9, 2020 for a first reading and for final adoption on June 23, 2020. If adopted, most elements of the Ordinance would start on March 2021.

Learn more about the Ordinance by reviewing the summary:

Proposed Disposable Food Ware Ordinance Summary in English 3-4-2020

Proposed Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance Summary in Chinese 3-20-2020

Letters sent to affected Businesses:

English Letter Proposed Disposable Food Ware Ordinance 3-9-2020

Chinese Letter Proposed Disposable Food Ware Ordinance 3-9-2020

Spanish Letter Proposed Disposable Food Ware Ordinance 3-9-2020

County of San Mateo Disposable Food Ware Ordinance

Contact: Shelly Reider, Environmental Programs Manager, sreider@ci.millbrae.ca.us or 650-259-2444

www.ci.millbrae.ca.us/sustainablemillbrae