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Polystyrene Foam Food Containers Banned at Retail Food Providers


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Effective July 1, 2011, restaurants and all other vendors selling food at retail must use only paper, cardboard, aluminum or recyclable plastic cups, plates, bowls or trays.
    This requirement applies to:
  • Foods eaten at a business, packaged leftovers, or ordered “to go”
  • Foods offered by a Hayward business that can be eaten without further preparation (e.g. cooked chicken, sandwiches or sushi)
Recyclable plastic containers marked through , (clear polystyrene), or are acceptable.
Acceptable Containers are Available at These Vendors »
Recycling and Composting Guide for Food Service Ware »
View the mailer notifying businesses of the ban: Polystyrene Ban
View the City Ordinance banning polystyrene foam food containers:
Chapter 5 - Article 11

For questions about the ban, please submit a Service Request to the Solid Waste Manager or call (510) 583-4725.


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