DC Restaurants Must Use Recyclable and Compostable Products Starting 1/1

admin | December 21st, 2016 - 6:49 pm

Dear DC Restaurant Members,

On January 1, 2017, District businesses that serve food must only use recyclable or compostable food service products. Food service products include plates, bowls, cups, and trays.

Click here for a list provided by DC Department of Energy and Environment of vendors that provide recyclable and compostable materials. And please note, RAMW members, Acme Paper and Supply Co., Adams Burch, FoodPRO, Saval Foodservice, and Sysco Food Services all provide recyclable and compostable materials and are included in the DC DOEE spreadsheet.

Recyclable Requirement
Products are considered recyclable if they are:
• Made of rigid plastics #1-6
• Made entirely of pulp or paper
• Made of pulp or paper with a thin plastic coating
For more information on recyclable products, visit doee.dc.gov/foam.

Compostable Requirement
Products are considered compostable if:
• they are made entirely of paper or pulp without a plastic coating
• they are certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute

For a list of compostable products certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute, visit: products.bpiworld.org.

Foam Ban
There is an existing ban on food service products made of expanded polystyrene, commonly known as foam or Styrofoam™. The Department of Energy and Environment actively enforces the foam ban and the food service product requirements.

Exemptions
Certain products are exempt from these requirements, including products packaged outside of the District, products used to package raw meat or seafood, and products purchased in bulk for home use.

For more information visit the DC Department of Energy and Environment website.

Best,

Eden


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