ZeroToGo Reusable Takeout – Restaurant

ZeroToGo ™ is a pilot program for reusable takeout intended to significantly reduce the use of single-use plastic containers. 

Nearly 1 trillion disposable food service products are used each year in the United States, resulting in 7.5 million tons of waste. ZeroToGo promotes a culture of reuse over a culture of throwaway, single-use. We also want a future free from the pollution and other health hazards associated with plastic food packaging and microplastics.

 

Restaurant FAQ

The program is free for one year: LexZeroWaste will loan participating restaurants the containers free of charge and cover all container tracking fees up to $100/month (~330 borrows per month) for one year.

If you have other questions about the program, please contact us at zerotogo@lexzerowaste.org.

Program Details

  • Customer signs up for the pilot program with LexZeroWaste
  • Customer receives link to the phone app for tracking containers.
  • Customer places takeout order by phone or in person during agreed hours*.
  • Restaurant provides order for pickup or delivery and customer checks out containers by scanning a QR code with the app.
  • Customer cleans, scans and returns containers to bin at restaurant
  • Restaurant cleans and sanitizes containers**and places them back into service.

* Restaurants may designate certain hours for ZeroToGo ordering and pickup.
** Commercial and/or external dishwashing options may be available – please contact LexZeroWaste.

The ZeroToGo pilot program is funded by a generous grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest; sponsorship by Enterprise Bank; and donations from LexZeroWaste members.