Reusable Foodware Microgrant

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM


In 2023, the City of Los Angeles launched the Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program to help advance our single-use plastic reduction initiative and to assist food service establishments with their transition to reusable foodware (e.g., plates, cups, bowls, etc.) and foodware accessories (e.g., utensils, napkins, straws, etc.). This program focuses on equitably distributing microgrants to small and medium food services establishments within the City of Los Angeles using single-use plastic or non-compostable foodware and foodware accessories with dine-in operations, and will later pilot mobile food vendors and take-out operations. Through this program food service establishments will receive free technical assistance, training, and the purchase, delivery, and set up of reusable foodware and foodware accessories.


PROGRAM PURPOSE AND NEED


Single-use plastic foodware and foodware accessories are within the top ten most commonly found items in the environment. These items have a negative effect on the environment and human health whether they are properly disposed of in landfills or improperly disposed of as litter. Since these items are often contaminated and not economically feasible to recycle, many single-use plastic foodware and foodware accessories are thrown away, generating five million tons of waste every year. In a landfill, chemicals from these items can potentially be leached and contaminate the soil and groundwater. When littered, these items enter the environment where they degrade our streets and waterways, harming human health as well as ecosystems and the wildlife that inhabit them. The administration of the microgrants helps food service establishments transition from single-use foodware to reusable foodware in the fight to protect our community, conserve resources, and prevent waste and ocean litter pollution.


WHY SHOULD I APPLY


  • FREE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND REUSABLE FOODWARE. We handle the product research, purchasing, delivery, and set up. No sign-up fees to participate.
  • SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. Our data show that reusables save businesses money, even when accounting for labor and water expenses.
  • ELEVATED DINING EXPERIENCE. Food tastes better on real plates and attracts customers that want planet-friendly options.
  • BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Reduce waste and prevent litter in streets and waterways.


HOW DO I APPLY


If you are interested in applying for the City of Los Angeles' Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program, please fill out the application form.

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WHAT IS THE PROCESS

Reusable Foodware Microgrant Chart


CONTACT US


If you have any questions about the program or need help applying, please contact a program representative by emailing LASANReusableFoodwareGrant@aptim.com or by calling 1-833-612-0623.