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ReThink Disposable

Do you have your own restaurant, café, or food related business? Want to save money and let your customers know that you're doing your part to help keep the environment clean?

Partner up with ReThink Disposable, a FREE program provided by the City of Palo Alto–Watershed Protection and the Clean Water Action Fund. ReThink Disposable helps restaurants reduce waste and cut costs by minimizing disposable packaging items.



ReThink Disposable staff provides hands-on support to help you:

  • Save money
  • Improve customers' dining experience
  • Prevent litter near your business
  • Keep local waterways clean
  • Be a greener business
  • Lower waste disposal costs.

    In addition, participating businesses can receive up to $300 toward the purchase of reusable service ware!

    Learn what restaurants around the Bay Area are saying about the ReThink Disposable program.  To sign up, contact ReThink Disposable at For more information about the City of Palo Alto Watershed Protection programs, email or call 650.329.2122.

    Congratulations to Palo Alto's first participating businesses!

    The City of Palo Alto and ReThink Disposable congratulates the first three businesses to sign up:

      In 2016, over 500 pounds of trash was found during two creek clean up events in Palo Alto. Much of that litter was food wrappers, straws and other disposable foodware. The City of Palo Alto thanks businesses participating in the ReThink program for taking the pledge to Rethink Disposable and reduce litter in our streets and creeks!

      Last Updated March 16, 2017