Reusable Foodware Ordinance
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About the Project
Under current rules, only a limited amount of synthetic material can be composted in Marin; the rest goes into a landfill. The county’s largest waste product processor, the WM EarthCareTM Compost Facility at the Redwood Landfill & Recycling Center near Novato, does not accept many commonly labeled compostable materials such as bio-plastics.
The goal of the project is to develop an updated County ordinance that would define alternative materials that would be acceptable for composting, include language about consistent implementation of the policy, and lay out a coordination plan with the local food service industry. The ordinance will use the hierarchy of: reusables are best, compostable fiber foodware is compliant, and single-use plastics are prohibited. Reducing the amount of disposable items we consume not only is better for the environment, it reduces the amount of litter in the community and lowers the amount of greenhouse gas inputs used to produce the disposable product in the first place.
It's Time To Say Goodbye to Single-Use Plastic Foodware (flyer)
The expected dates for bringing the Final Draft of the Reusable Foodware Ordinance to the County’s Board of Supervisors are:
- First Reading: February 15, 2022
- Merit Hearing: March 1, 2022
Note that the ordinance will not go into effect until eighteen (18) months after adoption.
The County of Marin held a virtual Reusable Foodware Ordinance Public Workshop on July 14, 2021 and a Reusable Foodware Ordinance Virtual Business Workshop on September 15, 2021. Links to meeting materials can be found under Meetings and Hearings.
To assist those in our food service industry that may be looking for alternatives to single use plastic foodware, the County has developed a list of recommended alternative materials and information on accessing and pricing.
Please send comments/questions to Dana Armanino, Sustainability Principal Planner.