Takeaway Containers


Allow and encourage attendees to bring their own clean containers (BYO). Include reminders in communication leading up to the event.

Tip – Offer incentives to guests that bring their own containers.

Large-scale venues or events:

Use professional dishwashing services

There are professional reuse systems with commercial-grade dishwashing services that handle the logistics and washing of reusable systems. Many of these focus specifically on providing reusable food container programs.  

COVID Tip: Use contactless serving methods or serve takeaway customers on dishware for them to transfer food to their own containers. That dishware would then be considered dirty. 

COVID Tip: Implement best practices to sanitize reusable containers alongside contactless drop off systems. That  includes washing takeaway containers at high heat and with approved detergent.


When reusables are not applicable, choose disposable options that are compatible with available waste management infrastructure.

Approved disposable materials

Materials may include: wood, bamboo, palm leaf, paper, cardboard, agricultural byproducts, bagasse, miscanthus (“silver grass”), and other fiber-based options.

Remember to ask about and avoid PFAS.