ReThink Disposable is a free technical assistance program that helps food businesses implement best management practices to reduce waste and cut costs by minimizing disposable product usage.  Whether you are a caterer, a mobile food vendor, or a restaurant, ReThink Disposable program can:

  • Make recommendations to help your business reduce waste from disposable packaging
  • Purchase some reusable products to help you implement the recommendations* 
  • Measure and report back to you the amount of waste you reduce and your annual cost savings
  • Recognize and promote your business within the community

*Based on available funding

Before (case study)


The following conditions are required for participation:

  • Implement recommended changes within an agreed upon timeline
  • Provide information in a timely manner that allows ReThink Disposable to track and document the progress

ReThink Disposable is a three step process:

  1. Conduct a baseline inventory of the quantity and costs of the disposable products used by your business
  2. Implement recommended practices to reduce the use of disposable food serviceware
  3. Conduct a follow-up inventory to measure reductions and cost savings

For more information about the program, click here for a flyer and sign up today! 

ReThink Disposable is a Clean Water Fund program conducted in partnership with local businesses and local government agencies.  Generous support for the program is provided by a changing list of public and private funders. To learn more about the program, its partners, and funders, visit: