San Francisco Department of the Environment

Rethink Disposable

This program is not currently available. Contact Us if you are interested in reducing your business waste. 

Save Money • Reduce Waste • Go Green


The ReThink Disposable program can help your business: 

  • Reduce disposable food service ware costs
  • Improve customer dining experience
  • Prevent litter near your business
  • Keep local waterways clean
  • Be a greener business
  • Lower waste collection service costs

Free technical assistance available to a limited number of businesses. 

    Additional Resources

    Poster about the ReThink Disposable Assistance Program
    Dowloadable poster.

    What Bay Area Businesses are Saying 
    Success stories from participants of the ReThink Disposable program over $2,000 in annual savings and hundreds of pounds in waste reduction for a local food truck).

    Case Studies from Food Establishments
    Case studies from businesses that have received ReThink Disposable assistance: a fast casual restaurant in San Francisco (Bamboo); a cafe and cheese shop in Oakland (The Sacred Wheel); a food truck in Emeryville (Doc's of the Bay). (PDF)

    Factsheet: Reusable v. Disposable 
    Did you know that 108 billion disposable cups are used by Americans each year? (PDF)

    Ten Ways to Unpackage Your Life
    From bringing your own bag to saying "no" to straws, here are ten ways we can all reduce packaging waste in our everyday life. (Clean Water Action - PDF)

    ReThink Disposable Website
    Learn more about the impact of disposables. (Clean Water Action)