Disposable Food Ware Ordinance


On September 19, 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


This ordinance revision occurred as a result of an overwhelming public request of City Council, especially from the students of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), to reduce the number of single-use plastics generated within the City of Alameda.  These plastics are rapidly polluting the San Francisco Bay, the ocean, and are destroying precious marine life as tiny plastics mimic food in the natural environment. 


Here's what you need to know about the new Law. Beginning January 1, 2018:Rethink Disposable will help!

  • Straws-on-request: Single-use plastic straws must 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.

By finding new ways to reduce to-go packaging, Alamedans are ensuring fewer straws and other single-use disposable items will become litter on our beaches and streets and are reducing tons 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.

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