Watsonville Waste Reduction Ordinance
Due to the pandemic, implementation dates were extended in 2020 to give businesses time and flexibility to successfully transition.
- On July 8, 2019, Watsonville City Council also approved the Hospitality Plastic Pollution Reduction Ordinance No. 1390-19 (CM)
Effective: January 1, 2022
- Full-service restaurants are prohibited from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested, to any single-use foodware utensils or standard condiment unless requested by the consumer. (AB 1276)
- Businesses are required to charge customers $0.10 for single-use cups to encourage the use of reusable cups and bottles. Customers with EBT and WIC cards are exempt from the charge.
- Charges for single-use cups shall be clearly identified pre-sale for the customer on any ordering platforms and identified separately on any post-sale receipt.
- Businesses are to keep the $0.10 customer disposable cup fees.
- All disposable food-service ware (take-out & dine-in) is required to be compostable and clearly labeled with the BPI compostable logo (as defined by ASTM standards).
- Self-bussing food service vendors must provide three color-coded bins clearly labeled for food scraps (green), recyclables (blue), and garbage
Effective: January 1, 2020
- The use or distribution of small plastic bottles (fewer than 12oz) of personal care products is prohibited unless specifically requested for disability or other special needs.
- The use of bulk dispensers for personal care products is required.
Effective: August 8, 2019
The City of Watsonville is committed to supporting businesses with these upcoming changes. Our team is readily available to answer your questions, provide clarification, and offer ongoing support. We thank your business for your cooperation with this information.