Food Ware Ordinance Summary

The City of El Cerrito Food Ware Ordinance is intended to eliminate the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food ware and to encourage the use of compostable, recyclable or reusable food ware by food providers and customers in El Cerrito.

Summary


Effective January 1, 2014, the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food ware will be regulated in El Cerrito in the following ways:
  • Prohibit food providers, including the City, its contractors, renters and facilities from providing prepared food in EPS foam food ware
  • Require food providers, including the City, to use compostable, recyclable or reusable food ware when providing prepared food to customers
  • Allow for exemptions from the Ordinance in cases where the ordinance would cause undue hardship, or when no suitable alternative food ware is available, and other specific cases
Retailers or consumers who have any questions about these new regulations are encouraged to call the El Cerrito Operations + Environmental Services Division at 510-215-4350.