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Disposable Food Service Ware Requirements

Restaurants in Oakland must follow certain requirements when providing disposable food service ware and straws.

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510-238-7283

How is the Disposable Food Service Ware ordinance enforced?

  • Patrons and Inspectors report to the City when they see violations.
  • Businesses receive a Notice of Violation and may receive a fine of up to $500.

What does the Disposable Food Service Ware ordinance say?

  • Oakland food vendors may only use BPI Certified compostable food service ware.
  • Oakland food vendors may not use polystyrene foam disposable food service ware.
  • Oakland food vendors may only provide straws upon request (except for to-go service).

Who has to follow the Disposable Food Service Ware ordinance?

  • All Oakland food vendors selling prepared food—including restaurants, delis, fast-food establishments, vendors at fairs and food trucks. All City facilities must also follow the ordinance.

What are BPI Certified compostable food service ware products?