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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.  


Reusable Foodware Infrastructure Grants ($5K to $50K)

Application window now closed. Deadline was March 3, 2023

StopWaste offers grant 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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Reusable Foodware Mini-Grants (up to $2.5K)

Partnering with non-profit ReThink Disposable, StopWaste helps businesses and institutions transition to reusable foodware and introduce practices that prevent waste. In addition to hands-on support, food service operators can get up to $2,500 toward the purchase of reusable foodware.

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AB 1276: Single-Use Foodware Accessories Available by Request Only

California law AB 1276 requires all retail food facilities and food delivery platforms to provide single-use foodware accessories and condiments upon request only.

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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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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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