The City of Santa Rosa’s New Zero Waste Food Ware Ordinance effective January 1, 2022
The Ordinance regulates the use of disposable food service ware and bans the sale and use of polystyrene (plastic foam) and Fluorinated (PFAS) products which contribute to street litter, marine pollution, harm to wildlife, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste sent to the landfill.
If the Zero Waste Food Ware Ordinance would create an undue financial hardship or a practical difficulty not generally experienced by other persons in similar circumstances, owners/operators of food facilities and retail businesses or organizations may apply for a one-time waiver for up to a year, not to exceed January 1, 2023. Click on the Waiver Application link above to complete and submit your online waiver application.
Business that do not comply with the Zero Waste Food Ware Ordinance may be subject to an infraction or misdemeanor as determined by the City Attorney under Chapter 1-28 of the Santa Rosa City Code.