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Mandatory Edible Food Recovery Ordinance

This ordinance requires certain food generators to prevent food from being landfilled or composted by increasing donations to food programs.

The law is designed to reduce the production of methane, which contributes to climate change, and will help the state achieve its climate goals.
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Single-Use Food Ware Plastics, Toxics, and Litter Reduction

The law restricts the distribution of plastic straws, among other foodware accessories, including compostable plastic straws. Acceptable single-use straws (such as paper straws) can only be made available upon request. 

 

Starting July 1, 2019, the law restricts the distribution of single-use plastic straws, including compostable plastic straws. Food and beverage vendors may no longer provide the following single-use plastic accessories: plastic beverage plugs, plastic cocktail sticks, plastic stirrers, and plastic toothpicks. This law also applies to event producers and retailers operating in San Francisco.

Refuse Separation Compliance Ordinance

This law increases compliance with San Francisco’s mandatory recycling and composting requirements by auditing the refuse (compostables, recyclables, and trash) of large producers, and requiring them to engage staff to ensure adequate material separation, when necessary.

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Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction

The sale of food service ware and packing materials made from polystyrene foam (commonly referred to as "Styrofoam") is prohibited in San Francisco.

 

The Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction prohibits the sale of food service ware and other specified products including packing materials that are made from polystyrene foam or that are non-recyclable and non-compostable.

Chapter 25 Clean Construction Requirements for Public Works

The Clean Construction Ordinance contains requirements for project sites in the Air Pollutant Exposure Zone.

Chapter 24: Bottled Drinking Water

Restricts the sale or distribution on City property of drinking water in plastic bottles of 21 ounces or less.
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Bottle Filling Stations

Ordinance amending the Environment Code, by adding Chapter 23, to require new buildings that have drinking fountains to provide bottle filling stations.

Chapter 4 Healthy Air and Clean Transportation Program

Chapter 7 RESOURCE EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

Chapter 22 SAFE DRUG DISPOSAL INFORMATION

Chapter 21 YELLOW PAGES DISTRIBUTION PILOT PROGRAM

Chapter 20 EXISTING COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS ENERGY PERFORMANCE

Chapter 11 CELLPHONE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

Chapter 19 MANDATORY RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING

Chapter 18 SOLAR ENERGY INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Chapter 9 GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS TARGETS AND DEPARTMENTAL ACTION PLANS

Food Service Waste Reduction Ordinance

Restaurants, delis, fast food establishments, vendors at fairs, food trucks, and all City facilities and contractors are required by law to use compostable or recyclable to-go containers. No Styrofoam™.

 

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Chapter 17 PLASTIC BAG REDUCTION ORDINANCE

Chapter 16 FOOD SERVICE WASTE REDUCTION ORDINANCE

Chapter 16 abstract

Chapter 14 CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS RECOVERY ORDINANCE

Chapter 15 GREEN BUSINESS PROGRAM

Chapter 2 Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Ordinance

Chapter 1 Precautionary Principle Policy Statement

Chapter 3 Integrated Pest Management Program

Chapter 5 Resource Conservation Ordinance