Log In

Dining discounts

Shopping, Dining & Services Discounts Banner

Enjoy Shopping, Dining & Services Discounts for Airport Employees!

Search form

You are here

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 (Rules and Regulation Rule 8.14) 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.

Reminder: Refilling a consumer’s drinking cup is allowed without contact between the pouring utensil and the lip-contact area of the cup under California Code, Health and Safety Code – HSC § 114075.

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 Foodware and Bottled Water 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. Straws may only be provided upon request, made of only natural fibers such as paper or bamboo. Understanding that individuals may require plastic straws for medical reasons, tenants may provide single-use plastic straws to individuals who specifically request them.

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 Requirements: Effective August 20, 2019:

Airport tenants, vendors, vending machines, and permittees may not provide or sell bottled water in containers of plastic or aseptic paper packaging. Reusable water bottles, recyclable aluminum, glass, and BPI certified-compostable water bottles can instead be provided or sold.

Bottled water is defined as drinking water in a sealed box, bag, can, bottle, or other container intended primarily for single-service use and having a capacity of one liter or less.  Drinking water includes purified water, mineral water, carbonated or sparkling water, and electrolyte-enhanced water.

Please review the SFO Approved Water Bottle List for details on compliant products.   

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


PDF iconTenant Open House Presentation - February 12, 2019

PDF iconZero Waste Foodware and Bottled Water Guide

PDF iconSFO Approved Single-use Food Service Ware List

SFO Approved Water Bottle List

Rules and Regulation Rule 8.14 Food Service Requirements