Styrofoam Foodware




Consumer, Industrial

Styrofoam Foodware Information

Environmental & Health Information

Prohibited because polystyrene foam contains hazardous substances and suspected cancer-causing chemicals.

Foodware Information

Why Go Green

Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) contains hazardous substances and suspected carcinogens, and has to go in the landfill.  So use compostable or recyclable foodware.


In San Francisco, put:

  • Plastic that says "compostable" and paper products that touched food (even if they have a thin plastic lining) in green compost bins.
  • "Biodegradable" plastics in trash unless it says “compostable” with a logo from Biodegradable Products Institute, Din Certco AIB Vinçotte Inter, Japan Bioplastics Association or Australian Environmental Labeling Association.
  • Plastic and metal foodware in blue recycling bins.  

  • Plastic food wrap in recycling locations at RecycleWhere

Criteria for Foodware

Reusable foodware is preferred. If not possible, foodware must be recyclable or compostable.

Last updated

Last updated: 
February 7, 2014

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