On September 13, 2021, the Daly City Council unanimously adopted a Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance to address plastic pollution by eliminating the unnecessary distribution and use of single-use plastics. This Ordinance repeals and replaces Chapter 8.64 of the Daly City Municipal Code, and builds upon previous City regulations that prohibited food vendors from using polystyrene-based disposable food service ware.
The City’s new regulation, modeled after the County of San Mateo, will require Daly City food facilities to transition to non-plastic alternatives—natural fiber-based products, such as paper, sugarcane, bamboo, and wood. Reusable alternatives shall be provided in place of disposable foodware, wherever practicable. Food facilities must also regulate the distribution of compliant disposable foodware accessories—accessories such as straws, stirrers, cup spill plugs, condiment packets, utensils, napkins, etc. shall be provided only 1) when requested by the consumer, 2) when the consumer accepts an offer by the food facility, or 3) at a self-serve area and/or a dispenser.
“Plastics have become a pervasive pollutant worldwide, and Daly City is doing its part to create a sustainable plan to mitigate the long-term, harmful impacts plastic waste has on our streets, storm drains, waterways, and our health. As such, the Daly City Council decided to go beyond the County’s model ordinance to require reusable alternatives wherever practicable.” Mayor Juslyn Manalo.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Council decided to extend the implementation start date and allow food facilities adequate time to recover. The new regulation will become operational and will be enforced starting October 1, 2022. Impacted food facilities are expected to use up their existing stock of foodware items that will not meet the requirements of the new regulation prior to October 1, 2022.
The Foodware Aware Team—the County’s Office of Sustainability and its consultants, Environmental Innovations, Inc. and ReThink Disposable of the Clean Water Fund—will provide no-cost technical assistance and outreach materials, including a guide that has a list of vendors and acceptable foodware items for purchase.
At the Council’s direction, the City shall explore the possibility of providing financial support to impacted food facilities experiencing hardship.
Visit dalycity.org/disposablefoodware for more information.