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Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance

New Ordinance Revisions

On August 28, 2018, the Santa Monica City Council adopted an expanded ban that includes all single-use plastic service ware for prepared foods; this includes straws, utensils, plates, bowls, trays, containers, stirrers, lids plugs, cups, and lids. It further requires that all marine degradable disposable straws and utensils be provided to customers only upon request. The Disposable Food Service Ware (DFSW) ordinance requirements will go into effect January 1, 2019 and enforcement will begin July 1, 2019. 

The revisions to this ordinance protect the Santa Monica Bay from plastic pollution while reducing landfill waste. The vote aligns with the City's sustainability goals and longstanding commitment to the environment, which includes a goal to achieve zero waste through diversion, composting and recycling by 2030. 


The City's Office of Sustainability and the Environment staff will conduct a series of compliance workshops to assist businesses. The workshops will provide detailed information about types of alternatives, prohibited products, and the purpose of the ordinance. There will also be product samples on-site for businesses look at. *Spanish Translation available upon request.   

Workshop Option #1 *
Workshop Option #2
Workshop Option #3 *
     Thursday, November 29th    
9:30am - 11:00am
Santa Monica Library
MLK Auditorium
    Monday, December 3rd   
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Santa Monica Library
MLK Auditorium
     Tuesday, December 4th   
9:30am - 11:00am
Virginia Avenue Park
Thelma Terry Room
Wooden Utensils


Additional Resources


COMING SOON Application for Financial Hardship Exemption

Additional Information


 Bagasse Food Ware

If you see something,
say something

Have you see any banned prohibited food ware items?

Or, use the GO Santa Monica violation reporting tool (Select "Other")

Or, email or call directly to:
phone: 310.458.4984

You'll be helping to protect our environment, especially the Santa Monica Bay.


Last updated: Monday, 11/12/2018
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Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment
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