Disposable Food Service Ware Survey
Food facilities commonly rely on disposable food service ware (containers, cups, lids, utensils and straws) that are made of plastic. These items often contribute to street litter, pollution of waterways and endangerment of marine and other wildlife. Plastic disposable food service ware is often used just for a few minutes before becoming waste that takes hundreds, if not thousands, of years to break down.
Many cities across the region are adopting Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinances that ban plastic disposable food service ware and require food facilities to provide compostable and fiber-based products. Food facilities include entities with a valid health permit from the County of San Mateo that distribute food/beverages to the public. Examples include restaurants, mobile food trucks, farmers’ markets, catering operations, and private schools.
The purpose of this survey is to assess what types of disposable food service ware is used in San Mateo food facilities. The City Council is exploring a possible ordinance and would like to understand the impacts if the City were to adopt one. This survey seeks to understand the barriers and challenges with the Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance for food facilities. More details about the Ordinance are provided in the survey. The Disposable Food Service Ware Survey will be close on Sunday, October 4, 2020.
Your feedback will be presented at the October 14, 2020 Sustainability and Infrastructure Commission meeting. Sustainability and Infrastructure Commission meeting agendas can be found on the City's Prime Gov Portal.
Reminder: Operating Businesses Must Display Documents
Businesses operating in San Mateo County must complete, display, and share all the documents below with vendors and customers at all public entrances. Business owners should review this presentation
and webinar video recording
for more information about the display requirements.
1) Self-Certification Placard
Post this placard at all public entrances, list your local law enforcement agency in the department fields of this document, and include the Point of Contact information for the business.
2) Social Distancing Protocol
(Health Officer Order Appendix A)
The Social Distancing Protocol must be reviewed, signed, and displayed in your business. The document is available in multiple languages (English
3) Health and Safety Signage
Post health and safety signage templates or a sign with equivalent information that lists all COVID-19 symptoms, 6-foot social distancing, sneeze and cough etiquette, physical contact etiquette, and face-covering requirement at every public entrance. Templates are available in multiple languages (English
, and Chinese
Additionally, all businesses in operation must develop a Health and Safety Plan
. Refer to https://covid19.ca.gov/
to find industry-specific guidance for your business. Develop a Health and Safety Plan or industry-specific checklist if applicable. The Health and Safety Plan should be shared with personnel and posted for all personnel to see.
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