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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Identifying Greener Foodservice and Foodservice Ware


When looking to “green” your foodservice, there are many options to consider. This webpage provides some resources on greener foodservice practices (e.g. food and beverage offerings, waste management options, energy and water efficient operations, etc.) as well as some of the products that may be provided under these services (e.g. plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, take-out containers, etc.).

Sustainability Considerations


  • Energy & water efficient equipment operations.
  • Waste diversion programs (i.e. waste reduction, materials recycling, food composting or donation).
  • Bulk servicing (i.e. bulk condiments rather than individual packets).
  • Green cleaning practices.
  • Integrated pest management/green pest control alternatives.

Foodservice Ware (plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, take-out containers, etc.)

  • Choose reusables over single-use items.
  • If reusables are not feasible, choose items that:
    • Are biodegradable or compostable (provided commercial composting services are available).
    • Are recyclable (provided recycling services are available).
    • Contain recycled content.
    • Do not contain toxic or hazardous chemicals.
    • Come in packaging that is recyclable, compostable or made from bio-based materials.

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