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Zero Waste Concessions

Zero Waste

In order to reduce the Airport’s impact on the environment, and to advance the Airport’s Zero Waste Goal, SFO is expanding upon its Sustainable Food & Beverage program, as well as the City and County of San Francisco’s Plastic, Litter, and Toxics Reduction Law:

  • Transitioning away from single-use plastic food service ware and food service ware accessories.
  • Limiting when food service ware accessories may be provided.
  • Requiring the use of a minimum amount of reusable cups at large events.

This new standard requires tenants to use reusable or BPI certified-compostable food service ware and accessories, which can be recovered and composted in domestic markets. In addition to reducing the impacts on the natural environment, this transition will make food service ware safer for use and simplify and improve the passenger dining experience.

Food Service Ware and FoodService Ware Accessories Requirements: Effective March 31st 2019

Tenants are encouraged to use reusable food service ware whenever possible.  Tenants may only use single-use food service ware and accessories that meet the following criteria:

  • Certified compostable by the Biodegradable Product Institute (BPI) or made entirely of natural fiber such as paper, wood, or bamboo
  • Labelled “compostable” with green color coding
  • Fluorinated Chemical free.

Please review the PDF iconZero Waste Compostable Food Service Ware Guide and the PDF iconSFO Approved Single-use Food Service Ware List for details on compliant products.

All Food Service Ware Accessories:

Food service ware accessories may only be provided upon customer request or at self-service stations. Single-use paper straws may only be provided upon request.

Tenants may provide single-use plastic straws to individuals who specifically request them.

Impacted food ware accessories include, but are not limited to:

  • chopsticks
  • condiment packets and saucers
  • cup sleeves
  • lids
  • napkins
  • utensils
  • spill sticks
  • stirrers and sticks
  • straws

 

Events: Reusable Beverage Cups: Effective March 31, 2019:

Tenants providing beverages at Airport events with 100 or more attendees must make reusable beverage cups available to no less than 10% of attendees.  Tenants may also encourage attendees to bring their own reusable beverage cup.

Bottled Water:

SFO is also encouraging tenants to sell alternative bottled water that is not in plastic or aseptic paper packaging (cartons).  Alternative options include recyclable aluminum, glass, and BPI-certified compostable bottles.

Please contact the Airport’s Sustainability & Environmental Team at 650.821.3632 if you have any questions and feedback.

Resources:

PDF iconTenant Open House Presentation - February 12, 2019

PDF iconZero Waste Compostable Food Service Ware Guide

PDF iconSFO Approved Single-use Food Service Ware List

PDF iconZero Waste Foodware and Bottled Water Guide

PDF iconSFO Approved Bottled Water List