Applications for the Ditch the Disposables grant program have closed for this year.
The Request for Applications (RFA) can still be viewed at the Chesapeake Bay Trust's webpage.
This page will be updated soon with information about selected grantees and their reusable foodware projects.
Takeout and to-go meals are more popular than ever, but their convenience comes at a cost. Waste from disposable and single-use food service items, such as containers, utensils, and condiment packages, continues to grow and most frequently ends up at landfills, incinerators, or waterways. Furthermore, food-serving businesses and organizations have been hit hard by rising prices and supply chain delays, disproportionately impacting small businesses that do not have the purchasing power of restaurant groups and corporate chains to keep up with demand.
DOEE’s Ditch the Disposables program, part of , aims to reduce the use of disposable foodware throughout the District by providing grants to support transitions to reusable foodware at restaurants and food-serving entities. This can include establishing dishwashing capacity and implementing the use of reusable containers, either in-house or through a third-party entity.