In order to reduce the waste stream and litter pollution from single-use plastics, cities and counties are implementing Foodware Ordinances to reduce the amount of single-use plastics generated in their jurisdiction. These ordinances require food facilities to switch to fiber-based, compostable alternatives for take-out and often require reusables for dine-in. In addition, municipalities are mandated by the State to enforce a foodware accessories law, AB 1276: Single-use Foodware Accessories and Standard Condiments. Asking food facilities to make the switch when it comes to foodware is most successful when coupled with a well planned outreach and technical assistance program to help ease the transition, reduce confusion, and achieve buy-in from the businesses and the general public. 

EI works with jurisdictions of all sizes to develop, implement, and track the effectiveness of comprehensive and impactful awareness and engagement programs for Foodware Ordinance implementation. Together with our government, non-profit, and commercial partners, we provide food facilities with the resources they need to achieve compliance through a combination of 1:1 technical assistance, financial incentives, and awareness campaigns. We currently lead foodware campaigns in San Mateo and San Benito Counties, as well as the Cities of Seaside, Watsonville, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale, and are rapidly becoming the go-to experts on foodware ordinance campaigns in the state of California. The largest campaign to-date has been a partnership with the County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability and Rethink Disposable.

If you are implementing a Foodware Ordinance in your area and need assistance getting the word out and helping businesses transition to fiber-based foodware alternatives and reusables, we’d love to chat with you more about how we can help you succeed and reduce single-use plastics in your jurisdiction. Contact our Foodware experts today to learn more.