Sonoma County Jurisdictions are Taking Steps to Ban Styrofoam and Disposable Food Ware

Polystyrene Foam and Single Use Disposable Food Ware Ordinance

The Disposable Food Service Ware and Polystyrene Foam Model Ordinance was developed by Zero Waste Sonoma staff in 2018. City Councils from many jurisdictions were presented the ordinance in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Most jurisdictions have opted to delay ordinance enforcement until 2022, due to COVID-19. Understanding the significant impacts of the pandemic particularly to restaurants, the focus for the remainder of 2021, and into 2022 will be on technical assistance first before punitive action is taken. Following adoption, businesses will have a grace period to sell or use their existing stock of disposable food service ware and polystyrene foam products.

More information and details about the ordinance can be found on this webpage.

This page was last updated 11/23/2021.


Jurisdiction

(municipal code linked)

Ordinance ModificationsEffective
CloverdaleModel Ordinance excluding PFAS amendment

Yes

Cotati

Model Ordinance Adopted

January 1, 2022
Healdsburg
Model Ordinance Adopted

Yes

Petaluma

Currently only prohibiting the sale/use of polystyrene foam

Yes
Rohnert Park
Presentation TBD

Santa Rosa

Model Ordinance plus additional requirements:

  • Reusable food ware + accessories for onsite dining
  • Condiments served in bulk dispensers rather than packets for onsite dining
  • 3-bins for customer use with graphic rich signage indicating proper disposal/recycling/compost
  • Recycled content paper bags for takeout
January 1, 2022
Sebastopol

Model Ordinance (except PFAS provision) Adopted and currently in effect.
Additional requirements will go into effect August 1, 2022:

  • Reusable food ware + accessories for onsite dining
  • Condiments served in bulk dispensers rather than packets for onsite dining
  • 3-bins for customer use with graphic rich signage indicating proper disposal/recycling/compost
  • Recycled content paper bags for takeout
Yes
Sonoma

Model Ordinance Adopted

Yes

Windsor
Model Ordinance Adopted
Yes
County of Sonoma
Model Ordinance Adopted

January 1, 2022

* While the ordinance is technically in effect in several jurisdictions, it will be the focus of ZWS to provide education and technical assistance as requested by the jurisdiction