On August 31, 2018, San Francisco approved Ordinance No. 201-18 which amends the city’s existing Environmental Code on single-use food ware plastics, toxic chemicals, and litter reduction. This regulation is meant to ban single-use food service ware containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). This regulation shall enter into force on 1 January 2020.
According to the new regulation, single-use articles such as bowls, plates, trays, cups, lids, straws, and utensils are required to be “fluorinated chemical free”. Accessories such as condiment packets, chopsticks, cup sleeves, napkins, stirrers, and toothpicks are also covered by the amendment. All the restaurants, food retailers, vendors, city contractors, and city departments shall comply with this regulation.