San Francisco Department of the Environment

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Rethink Disposable

180 billion disposable cups are used by Americans each year. Single-use disposables – like paper and plastic cups, take-out containers, straws, stir-sticks, and paper sleeves – have a major impact on our environment. In the US:

  • 67% of street litter is food and beverage packaging.

  • We throw away $11.5 billion worth of recyclables every year.

  • Packaging waste, mostly plastic, makes up 30% of household trash.

Unpackage your life: Bring your own cup, bring your own bag, reduce waste.

Our home. Our city. Our planet.