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Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance

New Ordinance Revisions

On August 14, 2018, the Santa Monica City Council approved a revision to the 2007 Nonrecyclable Plastic Food Service Container Ordinance to expand plastics banned to include all single-use plastics for prepared foods. This includes straws, utensils, plates, bowls, trays, containers, stirrers, lids plugs, cups, and lids. 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 ordinance requirements will go into effect January 1, 2019. Stay tune for additional information and resources on this website.

Here's a table identifying the types of materials included in the revised ordinance and what will fall under the "upon request" category. 

Disposable Food Ware Chart

The revisions to this ordinance protect the Santa Monica Bay from plastic pollution while reducing landfill waste. It further requires that all marine degradable disposable straws and utensils be provided to customers only upon request. 

The City's Office of Sustainability and the Environment staff will conduct workshops and other outreach activities before 2019 to provide information and assistance to food and beverage providers in identifying disposable food service ware that is marine degradable and locating suppliers of alternative products. 

Current Ordinance (2007)

In place since February 2008, the ban is an important first step in eliminating plastics from our beaches. Santa Monica has joined sister cities across the country in banning non-recyclable plastic food to-go containers - an important interim step toward protecting our oceans, lakes and streams from the ravages of plastics litter.



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If you see something,
say something

Have you see any banned prohibited food ware items?

Or, use the GO Santa Monica government outreach tool

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: Friday, 09/07/2018
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