Single Use Food Serviceware Regulations

The Town Council will be considering the Sustainability Commission's recommendations to modify the Single Use Foodware Ordinance. The Town welcomes your feedback on this issue. The Sustainability Commission developed the ordinance to reduce waste and protect the environment in response to troubling global levels of plastic pollution. The ordinance would further the Town Council’s goal to be Zero Waste by 2025. 

The Town Council will consider the revised ordinance at the June 11, 2019 meeting at 7:00 p.m. and will consider adopting the ordinance on June 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Click here for draft ordinance, current ordinance and staff report

single use plastic food serveware

The adopted ordinance:

  • Encourages food vendors, schools and the Town government to use reusable foodware and not disposables.
  • Prohibits all food vendors, schools and the Town from providing prepared food to customers in disposable foodware that uses any forms of polypropylene or polystyrene.
  • Requires use of wood utensils, unlined paper containers and paper straws that are accepted by Marin’s compost facility, or aluminum disposable foodware.
  • Bans the sale of polystyrene (EPS) foam coolers, ice chests and foodware after 1/1/19.
  • Provides exemptions for emergencies, organizations that package prepared foods outside the Town, and for hardship.
  • Provides for a warning and then fines for violations after 6/1/19, depending on the type and number of violations.

The proposed ordinance:

  • Requires food vendors to use reusable foodware and not disposables.
  • Allows use of non-compostable products when compostable products are not available (except Styrofoam)
  • Requires food vendors to provide 3-part waste bins (compost/recycling/landfill), except full service restaurants
  • Requires food vendors, except full service restaurants and private schools, to charge 25 cents for disposable cups (food vendor retains the charge)
  • Provides for a warning and then fines for violations after 12/31/19

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