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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.
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.
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.
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.
Chapter 25 Clean Construction Requirements for Public Works
Chapter 24: Bottled Drinking Water
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™.