In April 2019, the City of Monterey adopted a new disposable food service ware ordinance. Food providers in the City of Monterey are prohibited from:
Using or distributing plastic straws, except when a consumer self-identifying as a person with a disability making the use of a plastic straw necessary, specifically requests a plastic straw.
Using or distributing any disposable food service ware when providing dine-in services.
Using or distributing disposable food service ware that is not compostable or recyclable for dine-out services.
"Food providers" include any vendor located or providing food within the City, which provides prepared food on or off its premises and includes without limitation any store, shop, sales outlet, restaurant, grocery store, supermarket, delicatessen, food/catering truck or vehicle, and vendors located outside of the City delivering prepared food into the City. Please see theDisposable Food Service Ware Ban flyer for details. AB 1276: Single-Use Foodware Accessories & Condiments Upon Request Only Effective June 1st, 2022, state law AB 1276 prohibits food facilities and third-party food delivery platforms from providing any single-use foodware accessory or standard condiment to a customer unless requested. Single-use foodware accessories include (but are not limited to): forks, knives, spoons, sporks, chopsticks, condiment cups and packets, straws, stirrers, splash sticks, and cocktail sticks. Standard condiments include (but are not limited to): ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, soy sauce, hot sauce, salsa, salt, pepper, sugar, and sugar substitutes.
Food facilities may ask drive-thru or walk-thru customers if they would like a single-use foodware accessory or condiment.
Food facilities using third-party food delivery platforms must list on their menu the availability of single-use foodware accessories and standard condiments and provide those items when requested only.
Prohibits applicable items from being bundled or packaged in a way that prohibits the consumer from taking only the item desired, and encourages use of bulk and refillable dispensers.
Please see the California Department of Public Health AB 1276 Fact Sheet for details. Use of Polystyrene (Styrofoam) for Takeout Prohibited in Monterey On February 3rd, 2009 the City of Monterey successfully adopted an ordinance that prohibits the use of polystyrene materials to be used for takeout food applications within city limits. The City of Monterey has seen first-hand the impact of polystyrene foam and plastic litter in storm drains, in fields, on roadways and highways, in rivers, in the ocean and on our beaches.
Banning polystyrene foam takeout packaging locally will help to address marine pollution by requiring the use of environmentally preferable alternatives, while helping to educate business owners and citizens on the positive impact their packaging choices can make. Unlike many other types of packaging, once in the environment, polystyrene foam remains there permanently where it breaks into tiny pieces that disperse widely.
A ban may not be a cure-all, but it is a step in the right direction. We want to get people thinking about the far-reaching consequences resulting from simple decisions made everyday. We want people to consider the life cycle of the products they are buying - what they are made from, the energy that goes into the production and what happens after the garbage truck hauls them away. Looking for information on the City of Monterey's plastic bag ordinance?See here. Report Disposable Food Service ware Violations Related Documents
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