The City of Alameda is partnering with Clean Water Action’s Rethink Disposable program on an Ocean Protection Council grant funded project, called “Unpackaging Alameda”, through the end of 2018.
The ReThink Disposable team works with restaurants and food businesses across town to implement cost savings practices designed to reduce disposable packaging and transition to washable reusables. Most of us know reusables as real dishware, glasses and silverware that one can wash and reuse. No more plastic. CASA is supporting Clean Water Action through its ReThink Disposable Ambassador program (local volunteers visiting Alameda restaurants to inform them of the program) and ReThink Disposal Youth program (students from our high schools who are conducting litter audits and raising awareness about single-use disposables). Together, they have reached out to nearly 170 food businesses (almost 50%) on the island to provide free assistance and financial support to purchase reusable food ware.
As of May 1 2018, over 40 restaurants have signed-up for the program and are receiving guidance on how to “unpackage” their operation to stop waste before it starts. Twelve businesses (see below) have been officially certified, and this crew is just getting started!
EXAMPLES OF RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE TRANSITIONED TO WASHABLE RESUABLES: