Kalamazoo is Implementing a New Reusable Takeout Container Program: Here’s What You Should Know

The City of Kalamazoo is launching a reusable takeout container program to reduce plastic waste, PFAS chemicals, and microplastics.

By Max Reist

The City of Kalamazoo is launching a reusable takeout container program to reduce plastic waste, PFAS chemicals, and microplastics. The program partners with businesses to provide reusable containers, and the city is covering start-up costs and for up to 15 local establishments.

The containers, called Forever Ware, aim to reduce single-use packaging and eventually contribute to the elimination of single-use plastics. Forever Ware has worked with very large brands, and is making a push to partner with smaller businesses across the United States.

The containers are checked out of businesses, similar to checking out a book from the library. If you order takeout at an establishment using the Forever Ware, a $5 refundable deposit is made on the first purchase. When customers finish their food, the container is either returned in a self-return Forever Ware kiosk – similar to a bottle return – or exchanged at the restaurant for a clean, new container the next time they order food.

Find out more from the June 5, 2024 Reusable Containers FULL Information Session available on-demand here!

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