Reduce Single-Use!

Together, we can eliminate excess single-use restaurant waste.

We’re changing the default model to one where consumers have to ask for single-use accessories. The results? Reduce unnecessary waste and save restaurants money.

60% of US consumers order takeout or delivery at least once a week. Since the vast majority of takeout and delivery is eaten at home, there is rarely a need for meal accessories such as plastic forks, straws or condiments.

Our ‘Reduce Single-Use” campaign (formerly called ‘No Plastic, Please!’) reduces unnecessary single-use takeout and dine-in waste.

MassDEP’s goal is to reduce waste by 30% by 2030 and 90% by 2050.

We all need to make meaningful choices to achieve these goals.

The focus on reducing unnecessary restaurant waste is the first of many steps needed to reduce the pervasive use of single-use plastics in our community.

QUALIFIED RESTAURANTS PLEDGE TO

  • =Dine-in: provide reusable plates, utensils, and drinkware; provide straws, single-use condiments packets only by customer request.
  • =Takeout or delivery: only add single-use items (utensils, straws, napkins, condiment packets, chopsticks) if specifically requested.

CONSUMERS CAN MAKE CONSCIOUS CHOICES

  • ERefuse single-use straws, utensils, condiment packets, napkins and chopsticks - when dining in or taking out.
  • EKeep a ‘To-Go Kit’ in your car with reusable items: utensils, water bottle/coffee mug, to-go/leftover container, straws, cloth napkins, plates, chopsticks.
  • ELook for the Zero Waste Arlington partner window sticker and show your support.
  • ETell your favorite eatery that reducing waste matters and encourage them to participate in the ‘Reduce Single-Use!' campaign.

PARTICIPATING DINE-IN RESTAURANTS

    PARTICIPATING TAKEOUT RESTAURANTS