The following ordinances were adopted by the City Council in order to protect the environment and health of the community.

Reusable Bags, Adopted 2013 
The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the local environment by reducing waste, conserving resources, and protecting the bay and ocean from plastic bag litter. As of January 1, 2015, the minimum charge of 10 cents per reusable bag will increase to 25 cents per bag. The ordinance applies to all retail stores in the City and all retailers may keep all revenue earned from bag sales.  

Prohibition on Use of Polystyrene-Based Disposable Food Service Ware by Food Vendors, Adopted 2012
The ordinance will help protect the health and safety of the residents, wildlife and habitat in Daly City, while reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. The ordinance includes the following:

  • Prohibits food vendors, including restaurants, delis, cafes, markets, fast-food establishments, vendors at fairs, and food trucks, from dispensing prepared food in polystyrene containers labeled as No. 6
  • Does not prohibit the use of polystyrene for pre-packaged foods (e.g., prepackaged meets or eggs in markets)
  • Does not apply to non-food businesses that use polystyrene for packaging
  • Does not include lids, straws, or utensils

Recycling and Diversion of Construction and Demolition, Adopted 2006 
This ordinance requires that construction and demolition projects recycle or reuse 60 percent of the waste generated from the project. Many of these materials, such as concrete, asphalt, asphalt singles, gypsum wallboard, wood and metals, can be reused or recycled, thus prolonging our supply of natural resources and potentially saving money in the process.