Waste Reduction and Management
Use Reusable Trays And Containers For Catering

What Is It?

Reusable trays and containers hold, contain, and preserve food. They are typically made out of plastic and can be machine-washed. Reusable trays are common at fast food restaurants for carrying food, and can also be used for catering large events.


One time-use trays and containers create waste, whereas reusable trays and containers can last for years (depending on the frequency of use). While they may be more expensive up front, over time they save money because fewer units are purchased. Additionally, using reusable trays and containers cuts down on landfill waste and prevents energy and resource use in the manufacturing process.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Au Bon Pain
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • Federal Reserve
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • New England Aquarium
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Putnam Investments
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • The Colonnade Hotel
  • WilmerHale

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Examples of Restaurants Using Reusable Trays and Containers

A Small Sample of Providers around Boston

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