Disposable Foodware Ordinance

On October 6, 2020, The City of Half Moon Bay adopted a Disposable Foodware Ordinance that repeals and replaces the existing Styrofoam ban (Chapter 7.30) with an ordinance that mirrors the County of San Mateo’s Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance

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. 

The objectives of the Ordinance are to:

  • Reduce waste by eliminating disposable foodware 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 foodware to be non-plastic and compostable;
  2. Larger disposable foodware to have little/no harmful fluorinated chemicals; and
  3. Regulated distribution of disposable foodware accessories.

Half Moon Bay's Ordinance differs from the County's model ordinance in the following ways:

  1. Foodware Accessories may only be distributed at the request of the consumer;
  2. Reusable Foodware shall be provided whenever practicable; and
  3. Enforcement will begin on July, 9 2021.


Free technical assistance will be available for businesses that need assistance during the transition. If you'd like to learn more about the resources available to you, please contact us at vvostinak@hmbcity.com or 650-750-2019.

Half Moon Bay Disposable Foodware Ordinance

Half Moon Bay Disposable Foodware Ordinance FAQ

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