Alameda's Disposable Food Ware Ordinance




On October 3rd, 2017, the Alameda City Council took a giant step toward reducing plastic litter in our environment by passing the


Alameda Disposable Food Service Ware Reduction Law


Here's what you need to know about the new Law:Rethink Disposable will help!

  • Straws-on-request: Single-use plastic straws will be replaced with compostable paper straws, and these straws should be provided only upon request of the customer.
  • Encouraging businesses, customers and friends to go reusable will always be better for the environment.
  • When a reusable option is not available nor convenient, Alameda food vendors will begin providing compostable, fiber-based packaging for to-go items.

Over the next 6 months, significant outreach and education will be provided to businesses and consumers to help food vendors make the required changes by July 1, 2018. By finding new ways to LOSE WASTE, Alamedans are ensuring fewer straws and other single-use disposable items will become litter on our beaches and streets and are reducing items going to the landfill.


Other items of note:

  • If it looks like plastic - it is not compostable in Alameda's system. 
  • If the disposable food ware is clean aluminum, like the foil wrapper on your burrito, that material is easily recyclable and exempt under the new law.

Need tips for how to be in compliance?  We can help!  Please call 510-747-7959, or email us for assistance.