Food Vendor Resources

Truckee food facilities serving prepared food must meet the following requirements beginning January 1, 2024:

  • Foodware used for in-house dining must be reusable (plates, bowls, cups, utensils, trays, condiment cups, etc.)
  • Food vendors must charge a $0.25 customer fee for each disposable cup and takeout container provided
  • Disposable accessory foodware items can only be provided upon a customer’s request

Single-Use Foodware Ordinance Fact Sheet

View the complete ordinance

Business Grants

Food vendors switching from disposable foodware to reusables for in-house dining are eligible for up to $1,500 in funding for:

  • Up to $1,000 reimbursement for procurement or installation of new or upgraded equipment to wash and sanitize reusable foodware
  • Up to $500 reimbursement for:
    • Procurement of reusable foodware to replace disposable foodware used for in-house dining (e.g. plates, glassware, cups, trays, baskets, cutlery)
    • Procurement of bulk dispensers for condiments, utensils, napkins, or other products to assist with self-serve stations for accessory foodware items
    • Dishwashing chemicals

The grant application deadline has been extended to March 1, 2024


Grant Guidelines- Single-use Foodware Reduction
Grant Application- Single-use Foodware Reduction — applications due March 1, 2024
Reimbursement Request Form
Single-use Foodware Data Collection Worksheet
Checklist- Grant Documents

Hardship Waivers

A food vendor may apply to the Town of Truckee for a one-year hardship exemption to be permitted to continue using disposable foodware for in-house dining, or expanded polystyrene foam items if there is an undue hardship or practical difficulty to comply with the foodware restrictions. Each application for a hardship exemption shall provide evidence of the conditions which make it impossible for the food vendor to comply with the requirement, such as insurmountable space constraints, undue financial hardship and/or other extraordinary, insurmountable circumstances.

Waivers are valid for no more than one year from date of issue. Food facilities must reapply to extend the waiver an additional year.

Exemption Request

Business Resources


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