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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.

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Straws by Request

We are working with restaurants across New Jersey to join our “

” 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.

Business Testimonials

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











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