Waste Reduction and Management
Allow Take-Out Customers To Use Their Own Food Containers

What Is It?

Customers can be encouraged and allowed to use their own reusable containers when taking home leftovers or ordering take-out.


When customers provide their own containers, restaurants do not need to purchase or provide as many disposable take-out containers as they otherwise would. which will likely be used only once. Disposable containers are usually not recyclable and often end up in a landfill or incinerated. Encouraging customers to use their own containers diverts take-out containers from the waste stream and reduces the amount of air and water pollution from waste disposal facilities.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Bella Luna
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • Epiphany School
  • Federal Reserve
  • Gillette
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • The Colonnade Hotel

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

In The News