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The new generation of foodware ordinances, from single-use plastic and toxic chemical bans to requiring onsite reusables and charges for nonreusable cups, has generated a lot of attention and momentum in the last few years. Over 20 cities and counties, including Alameda, Berkeley and San Francisco, have taken the plunge to reduce the amount of single-use or nonreusable items we use every day by passing ordinances that include banning the use of certain nonreusable product, banning flourinated chemicals, requiring reusables for dine-in, charges for nonreusable cups and more.
In this presentation, you will learn how early-adopters passed and are implementing their ordinances. Panelists will discuss stakeholder engagement, public education and outreach, mechanisms for enforcement, lessons learned, costs, and specific things to look out for when drafting or implementing an ordinance. With so many jurisdictions looking at how they can reduce waste, meet stormwater concerns, and reduce litter and blight, these ordinances are here to stay and are only growing in popularity (even the State looking at restrictions single-use item via AB 1080/SB 54). This panel will give staff the tools and information needed to thoughtfully draft and implement these ordinances with a plan to ensure innovative progress in their communities.
Jack has 30+ years of experience developing and managing innovative zero waste programs and policies at the U.S. local & state level. He helped lead the development and implementation of the first large scale U.S. urban food composting program and zero waste policies for San Francisco, including zero waste goal and targets, mandatory composting and recycling separation, banning polystyrene foam foodware and later all EPS packaging, requiring compostable and recyclable products, banning single use plastic bags, requiring bag charges, reducing single-use plastics and toxics, and most recently working to require on-site reusables and charges for nonreusable cups and containers.
Hear the latest on San Francisco's lessons from passing and implementing their Single-Use Plastics, Toxics and Litter Reduction Ordinance that banned flourinated chemicals in foodware through BPI certification, restricted single use plastics and allowed foodware accessories only on request to their recent stakeholder and legislative efforts to mandate onsite reusables and charges for nonreusable cups and containers and help business join the growing reuse revolution.
Kerry has worked in the City of Alameda's Public Works Department for 17 years, and has been minding Alameda's various trash-related details for the last 13. She received her BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, where she was actually assigned a daily project of hugging a tree for one whole term.
Kerry was charged with designing, implementing, educating, and enforcing Alameda's restrictive foodware ordinance. Kerry has some helpful insights for those who wish to know more details about being on the other side of a ground-breaking foodware policy. Hint: Foam Foodware bans are a breeze, in comparison.
Alameda's Disposable Food Service Ware Reduction Law has been in enforceable for two years, now. What does foodware compliance look like for the Island City? Alameda has learned a few things about the difficulties in conveying understandable foodware rules to both the food vendors and and public, and has a few stories of foodware enforcement to tell.
Grace Lee joined Clean Water Fund's ReThink Disposable program team in 2018 and is now the Interim Director. Ms. Lee has worked throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles region to implement circular reuse systems anywhere there's food packaging including restaurants, froyo shops, schools, catering businesses, and even yacht clubs. Before working with Clean Water Fund, Ms. Lee was the Outreach Programs Director at The Bay Foundation, a National Estuary Program charged with restoring Santa Monica Bay. Ms. Lee has over 14 years of experience in resource conservation, public engagement, partnership building, and orchestrating projects centered around water quality improvement and behavioral change. Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California. In her free time, Grace is planning her permaculture paradise somewhere off grid and obsessively eliminating all plastic from her home.
The circular reuse and packaging-free narrative is a journey with multiple milestones and hurdles. Passing a foodware reduction ordinance is the mid-point. Widespread knowledge of the ordinance, understanding how business owners process the news, and changing food operations come next. Using case studies from Alameda, Berkeley, San Anselmo, and learnings from San Francisco, hear what happens after an ordinance is passed and how to move zero-packaging from ordinance to reality.