Disposable Foodware Ordinance

The City of Half Moon Bay is considering replacing the existing Styrofoam ban (Chapter 7.30) with an ordinance that mirrors the County of San Mateo’s Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance. The County’s Ordinance was adopted on February 25, 2020 for incorporated areas such as El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara and Pescadero. 

This Ordinance aims to regulate and reduce the amount of disposable foodware that is used and distributed in Half Moon Bay and to encourage the use of reusable alternatives, especially for dine-in customers. 

The objectives of the Ordinance are to:

  • Reduce waste by eliminating disposable food service ware that is not reusable or compostable and through source reduction;
  • Improve the health and safety of community members; and
  • Help keep our waterways clean and safe.

Key elements of the Ordinance include requiring:

  1. Most disposable food service ware to be non-plastic and compostable;
  2. Larger disposable food service ware to have little/no harmful fluorinated chemicals; and
  3. Regulated distribution of disposable food service ware accessories.

Feedback or Questions?

We’re looking for feedback from businesses and community members. Please take this survey or send your comments and questions to vvostinak@hmbcity.com or call Veronika Vostinak at (650) 750-2019 by August 14, 2020


Half Moon Bay Disposable Foodware Ordinance FAQ 

County of San Mateo Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance (Adopted February 25, 2020, affecting unincorporated areas such as El Granada, Montara and Pescadero)

An informational session was held by City staff on Wednesday July 1, 2020 via Zoom. 

Disposable Foodware Infographic
  1. Veronika Vostinak

    Sustainability Analyst
    Phone: (650) 750-2019