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Sustainable Purchasing Guide for Single-Use Food Service Ware

Use this Guide When Purchasing

  • Disposable food service ware items including cold and hot cups, plates and bowls, takeout containers and trays, lids, cutlery, straws and stirrers and napkins
  • Catering services
  • Event/meeting planning services

While food service ware may not be the first thing you think of when planning an event, being thoughtful about how food and beverages are served can support reducing waste and exposure to toxic chemicals, among other sustainability goals. As part of your planning, first assess whether reusables are available and practical for the application. If disposables are necessary, be sure to also check with your hauler/composter/facility ahead of time regarding what types of items they accept.