Richmond's Food Ware Ordinance

Best, Great, Not Allowed

Food Ware Ordinance




 NEW Addition Effective December 15, 2018: 

  • Food Providers, Retail Establishments, and Transient Lodging Establishments (ex: hotels, motels) cannot use, sell or distribute plastic straws and stirrers.
  • Food Providers can provided non-plastic alternative straws and stirrers upon request by customer.
  • Food Providers must use utensils and lids that are recyclable or compostable.
Effective Since 2014:

  • Retail Establishments (ex: grocery stores, hardware stores, markets, etc) cannot sell or rent products comprised entirely or primarily of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam).
  • Food Providers must use disposable food ware (ex: to-go containers, cups, bowls, plates, etc) that is recyclable or compostable. Reusable food ware encouraged when possible. 
  • A Food Provider (ex: cafes, restaurants, food trucks, etc) may charge a "take out fee" to customers to cover the cost difference.

Litter such as straws, utensils, and cups, that are not reusable or fiber-compostable create tons of avoidable trash. It negatively impacts our natural and marine environment both locally and globally. The ordinance helps keep polystyrene foam and small plastics out of the streets, storm drains, and bodies of water.

City Council Documents

NEW: Food Ware Ordinance Effective December 15, 2018

CURRENT: Food Ware Ordinance Effective January 1, 2014

Staff Report from May 15, 2018 City Council Meeting 

Coastal Cleanup Day Data from Shimada Friendship Park 2011-2017


Staff Contact 



Samantha Carr 
Management Analyst I
(510) 620-5407
samantha_carr@ci.richmond.ca.us

California State Law AB 1884

On September 20, 2018, the State of California passed Assembly Bill 1884 banning full-service restaurants from giving out single-use plastic straws to customers unless requested by the customer. The law will go into effect on January 1st, 2019.

More information about AB 1884 can be found at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1884



Resources


  1. Food Ware Ordinance Guide: English
  2. Food Ware Ordinance Guide: Spanish
  3. Straw Distributor List
  4. Recycle and Compost guides
  5. Richmond's Revolving Loan Fund
  6. KIVA Richmond
Brochure Straw Final 11-16-18- English_Page_1

Postcard notices were mailed out to Richmond Business in the beginning of October. Not all businesses that receive the postcard will need to comply with the ordinance. Please review the Food Ware Ordinance for further details. 



Postcard notices have been sent to businesses listed under the following business license types:

 
 Airbnb: Vacation Rentals   Fabricator                         
 Meat Market                
 Bakery  Food Truck
 Mini Mart
 Bars  Food Vendor
 Miscellaneous
 Bingo Hall  Gas Station
 Nonprofit Org
 Bingo/Norg  Gas/Mini Mart
 Peddler/solicitor
 Bowling Alley
 Gift Shop
 Pharmacy
 Business Services
 Governmental Agency
 Produce
 Cafe
 Gratuitous
 Restaurant
 Carnival/Circus
 Grocery Store
 Restaurant/Bar
 Catering Service
 Health Food Store
 Retail
 Catering Truck
 Holistic
 Specialty Shop
 Coffee Shop
 Home Based
 Vending Service
 Delicatessen
 Hospital
 Warehouse
 Department Store
 Hotel
 Wholesale
 Distributor
 Liquor Store
 
 Donut Shop
 Manufacture
 

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