Disposable Food Service Ware Requirements
Restaurants in Oakland must follow certain requirements when providing disposable food service ware and straws.
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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?
- Search for products you need at the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) website.
- Ask your food service supplier for BPI Certified products.