Single Use Food Serviceware Regulations

The Town Sustainability Commission is recommending the Town Council adopt an ordinance to reduce single-use disposable food serviceware. 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. 

UPDATE: The Town Council adopted the first reading of the ordinance at the November 13, 2018 meeting. 

Draft Ordinance


single use plastic food serveware

The proposed ordinance:

  • Encourages food vendors, schools and the Town government to use reusable food serviceware and not disposables.
  • Prohibits all food vendors, schools and the Town from providing prepared food to customers in disposable food serviceware 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 food serviceware.
  • Food vendors may charge a “take-out fee” to customers to cover the cost difference.
  • Bans the sale of polystyrene (EPS) foam coolers, ice chests and food serviceware 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 1/1/19 ranging from $100 to $1000, depending on the type and number of violations.

Related Documents and Links