OUR MISSION: 
STOP WASTE BEFORE IT STARTS

ReThink Disposable, a program of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund, prevents waste before it starts by working with local governments, businesses and institutions, and consumers to minimize single use disposable packaging in food service to conserve resources, prevent waste and ocean litter pollution. Disposable food and beverage packaging makes up 67% of litter in commercial streets. If we don’t end the “throw-away” lifestyle now, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050! This is a huge problem.

Businesses

Organizations large and small are saving thousands of dollars each year, and winning over their customers in a whole new way by championing our movement. For businesses, ReThink Disposable is a "win-win!" Join us!

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Governments

Governments are joining us to take the lead on the global plastic pollution problem. We partner with local and state governments to innovate new programs and policies to meet their waste and litter prevention goals, reducing pollution in local waterways and the ocean.

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Community

We couldn't be successful without a movement of ReThink Disposable champions and leaders to bring about change in their communities. Here's how you can take ACTION now and be the change you want to see in the world!

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ReThink Disposable Progress

Business Participants: 

251

Total
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Disposable Packaging Reduction: 

21 million

ANNUAL ITEMS
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Annual Waste Prevention:

262,237

pounds
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Annual Cost Savings:

$653,693

(after payback period)
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Participating Businesses

LATEST NEWS

Stay tuned for the latest news, research, and resources from around the world about plastic pollution, waste, and ocean litter.

New Jersey recently passed a statewide law banning single-use carryout bags and polystyrene foam

ReThink Disposable Blog Series Part II: Next Steps for Local Zero Waste Policies

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Milpitas Adopts First Reading Of Expanded Polystyrene Foodware Ordinance

Foam Bans In California

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Cleaning up 2,600 pieces of trash in one hour

College Cleanup

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Cupertino Mayor Awards Rethink Disposable Businesses

Cupertino Business Awards

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Dozens Take the ReThink Disposable Pledge at EcoFest

Pledge At EcoFest

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Here in New Jersey, we love our local restaurants and shops. Let’s take a minute and appreciate

Zero-Waste Progress in NJ

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