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

Sebastopol leads the way for Sonoma County Cities and Towns to adopt a Disposable Food Service Ware and Polystyrene Foam Ban

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 and 2020, and some are expected to delay ordinance readings until 2021 due to COVID-19. For those jurisdictions that have adopted the ordinance, enforcement will begin as scheduled, but understanding the significant impacts of the pandemic particularly to restaurants, the focus 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 06/16/2021.

JurisdictionOrdinance UpdateEffective
CloverdaleAdopted February 12, 2020; PFAS amendment expected Fall 2021

Yes

CotatiAdopted August 24, 2021
January 1, 2022
Healdsburg
Adopted December 16, 2019; PFAS amendment adopted April 5, 2021

Yes

Petaluma

Adopted Polystyrene Foam ban in November, 2019; Presentation of the Disposable Food Service Ware & PFAS portion of the ordinance expected fall 2021.

Yes
Rohnert Park
Presentation TBD

Santa Rosa

Adopted August 3, 2021

January 1, 2022
Sebastopol
Adopted March 19, 2019; PFAS amendment presentation expected November 2
Yes
Sonoma

Adopted April 19, 2021

October 16, 2021
Windsor
Adopted February 5, 2020; PFAS amendment adopted July 21, 2021
Yes
County of Sonoma
Adopted September 28, 2021
January 1, 2022