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)
On May 10, 2022, the Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted the Reusable Foodware Ordinance. Note, enforcement will not begin until November 10, 2023. Until that time the County will focus on education, outreach and technical assistance to aid our business community in the transition.
Toolkit for cities interested in Joining County's Program - IN DEVELOPMENT.
A Toolkit for Businesses is also in development and will be posted shortly. In the meantime, to assist the public and out food service industry with questions they may have regarding the proposed ordinance, the County has developed:
Note: these are not complete lists nor does the County endorse or recommend specific manufacturers or distributors but provides these resources for informational purposes.
Please send comments/questions to Dana Armanino, Sustainability Principal Planner.