In January, California passed AB 1884 requiring businesses to only provide straws upon customer request. The City of Union City wants to build on the state mandate by requiring businesses to offer compostable or reusable straws instead of single-use plastic straws.
Plastic straws are not recyclable or biodegradable. Plastic litter ends up in storms drains that flow to the Bay causing human and animal harm.
The following straw types are compostable*:
Reduce waste with reusable straws:
*Bio-plastic or PLA plant-based straws not accepted since these do not breakdown at the composting facility
Any establishment providing beverages for consumption, including but not limited to:
The City’s amendment to the Food Ware Ordinance would become effective January 1, 2020. Enforcement will begin July 1, 2020 and be complaint-based.
Please share your thoughts about a requirement to use compostable straws by taking our business or public survey.
For more information, please contact us: 510-675-5466 or 510-675-5353, or by e-mail: