Stainless Steel, Ceramic, or Glass Containers

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Environmental & Health Information

Reusable foodware reduces the amount of waste going to the landfill. In addition, non-plastic foodware does release potentially hazardous chemicals into food.

Info on this product category: Foodware

Why Go Green

Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) contains hazardous substances and suspected carcinogens, and has to go in the landfill.  So use compostable or recyclable foodware.


In San Francisco, put:

  • Plastic that says "compostable" and paper products that touched food (even if they have a thin plastic lining) in green compost bins.
  • "Biodegradable" plastics in trash unless it says “compostable” with a logo from Biodegradable Products Institute, Din Certco AIB Vinçotte Inter, Japan Bioplastics Association or Australian Environmental Labeling Association.
  • Plastic and metal foodware in blue recycling bins.  

  • Plastic food wrap in recycling locations at RecycleWhere

Criteria for Foodware

Reusable foodware is preferred. If not possible, foodware must be recyclable or compostable.

"Plant-based" foodware must be labelled "compostable" and certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute or equivalent certifier against ASTM D6400.

Last updated

Last updated: 
February 7, 2014

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