Our Single-Use Plastic-Free Event Model Ordinance
The model ordinance presents a framework for the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of standards to promote effective single-use plastic events.
Existing Related Ordinances
Ordinance no. 7639-N.S. , Sections 11.64.040, 11.64.050, 11.64.060
San Francisco, CA
Ordinance No. 294-18, Section 1611
Manahattan Beach, CA
Solana Beach, CA
Reusable Serviceware Guides
To put on a successful event that avoids using and disposing of single-use plastics, it is key to use reusable serviceware (cups, plates, utensils, etc). Although this can seem like a daunting task- it can actually save money in the long term all while helping to protect the environment.
- Here is a great resource by the Clean Water Fund with the costs/benefits of switching from disposable serviceware to reusable serviceware.
- PDF file includes price breakdowns and links to vendors.
- Here is a lifecycle analysis of reusable versus single-use cups by Upstream
Ocean-Hero Event Tips
Plastic Reduction City Assistance & Ordinance Resources:
Companies to Source From for Your Ocean-Hero Event
Reusable serviceware: https://www.webstaurantstore.com/restaurant-dinnerware.html
Steel cups/plates/straws: https://steelysdrinkware.com/
Party decorations/favors: https://steelysdrinkware.com/
Tap Trucks (for your beverage needs): https://taptrucksd.com/pages/about
Zero Waste Takeout: https://mporteco.com
This is not a complete list, just a couple of places to start with.
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