Proposed Food Ware Ordinance Revisions

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Richmond business using compostable food ware
The City of Richmond's Food Ware Ordinance prohibits the distribution of polystyrene foam food ware (Styrofoam) by restaurants and other food providers. The Food Ware Ordinance helps keep polystyrene foam out of our streets, storm drains, and water bodies. As of January 1, 2014, the City of Richmond expanded the Food Ware Ordinance to:

  • Prohibit the retail sale of polystyrene foam products - polystyrene foam cups, bowls, coolers, and other products will not be allowed to be sold in stores
  • Six months after the effective date of the ordinance, call for an immediate fine to the business owner in violation of the ordinance (the current ordinance provides for a warning and 30 days to cease distribution of polystyrene foam food ware before a fine is issued)

Revisions to the Food Ware Ordinance

View the Food Ware Ordinance.


Please contact (510) 620-6512 with any questions.