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)
Reusable Foodware Ordinance Surveys
We are seeking the business community’s feedback in order to meet the needs and concerns of businesses while responding to the public’s call to reduce plastic and disposable waste. We have developed the following short survey to collect feedback from business community members.
Food Vendors Survey (English)
Food Vendors Survey (Spanish)
What would you think if the County of Marin considered a ban on single-use plastic food service products at retail businesses? You have a chance to voice your opinion in an online survey, which takes about 30 seconds to complete.
Community Survey (English)
Community Survey (Spanish)
Surveys will remain open through November 12, 2021.
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.
The ordinance will be brought to the County’s Board of Supervisors no earlier than Fall 2021 but we can continue the process of reviewing, revising, and ensuring that any ordinance is one that is beneficial to our environment and feasible for our community and businesses. To that effect, the County is posting a REVISED Reusable Foodware Ordinance in redline format.
There is currently no deadline to provide comments on the revised ordinance. Please send comments to Dana Armanino, Sustainability Principal Planner.
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.