Disposable Free Berkeley Business

The City of Berkeley is providing FREE on-site consulting and mini-grants to help businesses comply.

Get Personalized Technical Assistance:

  • Personalized technical assistance with all Ordinance requirements:
    Julia Heath, City of Berkeley Recycling Manager, customerservice@cityofberkeley.info
  • Personalized technical assistance and mini-grants for reusable foodware:
    Ben Duggan, StopWaste Reusable Foodware Project, bduggan@stopwaste.org

Learn More about Berkeley Foodware Ordinance rules

Get up to $2,500 for Reusable Foodware

Find BPI Certified Compostable Foodware

Learn More about Foodware Accessory Rules (utensils, lids, straws, chopsticks, stirrers, etc.)

Find Reusable Foodware Service Providers

Hear from Business Owners who made the Switch to Reusables

Save Money, Build Customer Loyalty, and Improve our Neighborhoods and Environment

Berkeley Disposable Foodware Reduction Ordnance requires businesses to:

  1. Serve their food on reusable dishes, cups and utensils for all onsite dining
  2. Use only BPI Bertified compostable foodware for any take out or delivery service
  3. Charge $0.25 for every disposable cup and put the charge on all menus and receipts
  4. Offer only BPI Certified lids, utensils, and other accessory foodware by request or self service (also state law)
  5. Provide recycling and composting receptacles to customers with clear signage whenever self-bussing is an option