Are compostable products allowed? YES
Disposable foodware products should be compostable or recyclable under the City’s available collection program.
What about bio plastic? NO
Carpinteria’s current available collection program can not accept nor process bio-plastics, so at this time, they are not allowed.
Are plastic lids allowed? NO
Although non-plastic lids are hard to come by, State regulations are requiring all single-use products to be compostable or recyclable by 2032 and since the City can not process plastics lids as compostable or recyclable, they are not allowed. For more information and examples on where to buy compliant products, visit our Foodware Purchasing Guide.
Can I still buy latex balloons? YES
We encourage residents to use sustainable and reusable options for celebrating, like pinwheels, kites, or flowers, but you can still buy latex balloons if disposed of properly.
What is this going to cost businesses?
New regulation should not incur any additional costs to food providers. They should actually save money that was previously budgeted for disposable foodware items and condiments. According to Upstream, the American food service industry spends ~$24 billion on 9 trillion pieces of disposable foodware every year. By no longer automatically providing these items, restaurants should see a reduction in foodware costs.
Are self-serve stations still allowed? YES
Providing consumers access to disposal foodware and condiments is still allowed as long as the items are provided separately (i.e., no bundling).