Proposed Straw & Disposable Food Ware Regulation

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.

Why is the City considering a compostable requirement for single-use 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. 

Compliant straw examples                                         

The following straw types are compostable*:

  • Paper
  • Hay
  • Bamboo Fiber
  • Agave Fiber
  • Rice 
  • Seaweed

Reduce waste with reusable straws:

  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Silicone
  • Bamboo
  • Acrylic

*Bio-plastic or PLA plant-based straws not accepted since these do not breakdown at the composting facility  

Who would be affected?

Any establishment providing beverages for consumption, including but not limited to:

  • Restaurants
  • Fast-food establishments*
  • Supermarkets
  • Bars
  • Coffee Shops
  • Convenience Stores
  • Food Trucks
  • City Facility Users

*Drive-ins exempt.

When will the proposed regulation go into effect, if approved?

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.

What is your opinion? Please take our 3-minute survey

Please share your thoughts about a requirement to use compostable straws by taking our business or public survey.

Union City business survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TKFZ8J8 
Public survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R5YHS8W

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please contact us: 510-675-5466 or 510-675-5353, or by e-mail: 

robertom@unioncity.org or jenniferc@unioncity.org.