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Reducing Disposable Foodware

Whether you are a caterer, a mobile food vendor, or run a restaurant, café or institutional kitchen, minimizing the use of disposable foodware can help you reduce waste and costs, improve customers’ dining experience, prevent litter, and keep local waterways clean.  


Grant Funding for Reusable Foodware Pilot Projects

StopWaste's 2022 grant cycle includes funding for innovative projects that eliminate single-use foodware and instead develop local infrastructure to make reusable foodware accessible to businesses and consumers. 

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Providers of Reusable Foodware Systems & Services

Looking for a reusable foodware system provider to partner with on a grant project? Start with this list of vendors specializing in reusable foodware systems, operations or technical assistance, vetted by StopWaste through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process.

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Reusable Foodware During Covid-19

Food businesses can find tips for safely using reusable foodware in this Covid-19 Update, which was developed by StopWaste in consultation with the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health.

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Recording: Reusable Foodware Webinar June 2021

On June 7, 2021, StopWaste held an informational webinar about reusable foodware solutions, showcasing three providers who are making reusable foodware a sustainable, cost-saving option for Bay Area restaurants, cafeterias, events, and other food service operations.

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Rebates to Switch to Reusables for On-Site Dining

Partnering with non-profit ReThink Disposable, StopWaste helps businesses and schools transition to reusable foodware and introduce practices that prevent waste. In addition to hands-on support, food service operators can get up to $500 in rebates toward the purchase of reusable foodware.

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Compostable Food Service Ware

If disposable food service ware is your only option, select compostable items certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). For additional guidance consult StopWaste’s Guide to Purchasing Compostable Food Service Ware.

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