Compostable or Recyclable Foodware, Straws, Napkins

When to Use

Only use this disposable foodware if reusable foodware is not available.


Consumer, Industrial

Cost Savings

Composting and recycling lowers your garbage bill.

Info on this product category: Foodware

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.

"Plant-based" foodware must be labelled "compostable" and certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute or equivalent certifier against ASTM D6400.

Last updated

Last updated: 
February 7, 2014

Guide for City Staff

Citywide Contract

Special Purchasing Instructions

See discounted prices in the most recent Disposable Food Containers, Utensils and Service Contract Award.

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