ReThink Disposable LA

ReThink Disposable, a technical assistance program of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund, prevents excess waste before it starts by working with local governments, businesses and institutions, and consumers to minimize single-use disposable packaging in food service to conserve resources, prevent waste, and reduce ocean litter pollution. In doing so, food business operators cut costs and improve patrons’ dining experiences.  Through a one year pilot project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Trash Free Waters program, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund partnered with and trained The Bay Foundation to bring ReThink Disposable to Los Angeles.

Why is reducing single-use disposable significant?

Every year an estimated 8 million tons of plastic are discharged into the world’s oceans – 10 metric tons of this plastic come from the Los Angeles area, daily.  80% of ocean litter comes from land-based sources and, according to the 2011 Clean Water Action Study, 67% of litter in commercial streets is comprised of single-use disposable food and beverage packaging.

Single-use disposable source reduction in food service businesses is a win-win for cost savings and the environment.


Before and After on-site dining at Gus’ Tacos Mexican Grill, Silver Lake. Disposable plastic utensils and plastic-lined paper water cup were replaced with reusables.





The Conservatory For Coffee, Tea, & Cocoa in Culver City.


ReThink Disposable Certified Los Angeles businesses include:

In sum, the four participants annually eliminated the use of 247,570 disposable items weighing 2,637 pounds which resulted in a total savings of $8,017.92.

View ReThink Disposable restaurant testimonials below to learn more!

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