ReThink Disposable - Businesses

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ReThink Disposable is a technical assistance program to help food business operators reduce waste and cut costs by minimizing disposable packaging items. Whether you are a caterer, a mobile food vendor, or run a restaurant, café or institutional kitchen, minimizing the use of disposable food ware products can help you:

  • Reduce disposable food service ware costs
  • Improve customers’ dining experience
  • Prevent litter near your business
  • Keep local waterways clean
  • Be a greener business and reduce waste
  • Lower waste collection service costs

We provide hands-on support by ReThink Disposable staff for small food business operators. Download case studies, watch business video testimonials and access other great resources like the Reusable Foodware Guide and the ReThink Disposable Foodware Transition Calculator.

Requirements For Participation:

  1. Implement ReThink Disposable Best Management Practices (BMPs) for source reduction--five “Required Practices” and a minimum of four additional “Recommended Practices.
  2. Able to provide Information and Implement BMPs within a timely manner—typical time to complete certification is three months.
  3. Conduct baseline and follow-up inventory to measure packaging and waste reduction and cost savings.

Click here to sign up!

Participating Businesses in ReThink Disposable

  • Green Chops (Montclair)

Straws by Request

We are working with restaurants across New Jersey to join our “PDF icon Straws by Request” program, which will help you save money, go green, and make your customers happy. 

The U.S. consumes 500 million straws a day. That’s enough straws to circle the planet more than two-and-a-half times each day. The U.S. consumes 182 billion straws in a year. This generates 342 million pounds of waste entering our landfills, incinerators, and waterways.
Due to their toxicity, plastic straws may not be something your customers want in their drinks. They are made of a petroleum byproduct called polypropylene mixed with colorants and plasticizers
and don’t biodegrade naturally in the environment.

Participating Businesses in Straws by Request

  • Anchor's Bend (Asbury Park)
  • Green Chops (Montclair)
  • Local Coffee (Montclair)
  • Montclair Center BID, the South End Business Association
  • Pig & Prince (Montclair)
  • Plum on Park (Montclair)
  • Pure Pita (Montclair)
  • StuffedBurger (Montclair)
  • Tinga Taqueria (Montclair)
  • Toast (Montclair)
  • Villalobos (Montclair)
  • Vital (Montclair)

Bring Your Own Cup

We are also working with businesses to reduce single-use disposable cups - we use 120 billion of these cups every year in the U.S.! Starbucks uses more that 8,000 paper cups a minute. Bring Your Own Cup programs include the option to include incentives and discounts for your customers to either buy and reuse your own branded cup or bring their own. It's a win-win because you will save money on the amount of disposable plastic cups purchased each year and will increase your repeat customer base.

Participating Businesses in Bring Your Own Cup

  • Green Chops (Montclair)
  • Local Coffee (Montclair)
  • Java Love (Montclair)

Break The Bag

Clean Water Action’s ReThink Disposable program is encouraging businesses across New Jersey to join our “PDF icon Break from the Bag” program, which helps you save money and go green by reducing single-use disposable plastic waste, and make your customers happy.

We dispose of 100 billion plastic bags every year in the U.S., over 4 billion of which are used and disposed of in New Jersey. Plastic bags are easily carried by wind and litter our communities and waterways. They clog storm drains, trash our neighborhoods and natural landscapes, and harm marine life as they are mistaken for food.

Business Testimonials

Vital (cut disposable plastic straws by 60%) and Pig & Prince (cut disposable plastic straws by 90%)











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