JOIN US! Reusable Takeout Container Pilot Program!

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NAG has launched a free program in partnership with Common Ground Compost, working with Anella and Toro Ironworks Restaurants to pilot a reusable takeout container program.shareware-flyer-for-web

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Beginning December 8, 2016, Toro Ironwork’s and Anella customers alike will have the opportunity to choose reusable takeout containers instead of disposable for their food, at no extra cost. What are you waiting for?



How does it work?

Anella and Toro Ironwork’s are participating in this GCEF-funded pilot to test the feasibility of a wider-ranging program that reduces waste across the restaurant sector by incorporating more reusables into the materials stream.  In many cases, neighborhood residents order from the same restaurants, and end up throwing away one-time-use containers after every meal. This pilot will introduce the opportunity for repeat customers to choose a reusable container option.

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How to participate?


The customer receives their food in reusable containers, and at their convenience, personally drops it off. The containers are washed in Anella and Toro Ironworks dishwashers (following Department of Health standards), and the cycle begins again.



NAG is particularly excited about this pilot program because it ties in to this past summer and fall’s Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint! program that worked to audit waste and get Greenpoint restaurants composting, again in partnership with Common Ground Compost (CGC). We found that most restaurants are eager to recycle and compost, but an outdated and unproductive commercial waste system lacks incentives for businesses to ethically dispose of waste

CGC examined nearly 3,605  pounds of waste from the 6 participating restaurants, and found that an average of 165 pounds of food scraps per restaurant is sent to landfills every day (this average weight does not include brewery waste).  As participants sign on to start compost programs, the RRR project will have a direct effect on our overburdened waste stream.
We are hitting waste management from every angle here at NAG, and are very excited about further waste prevention through the roll out of the Shareware reusable pilot program!


Does ALL the food come in reusable containers?

No, soup, and some sauce containers and smaller items will still be packed in disposable containers

How do I sign up?

How much does it cost to participate? 

FREE. This is a Greenpoint Community Environmental Funded grant.

When can I return the container?

As soon as you are done and it’s convenient for you to drop the container off at either Toro Ironworks (254 Driggs ave) or Anella (222 Franklin St)

Can I keep the container?

No. Please return the container after using it, so we can keep cycling it through the process.

What if the container breaks?

Please return broken containers so we can assess the damage and provide feedback to the manufacturer

Do I need to wash the container?

We request that you rinse the container to remove all food particles but the container will be washed according to Dept of Health regulations back at the restaurant before reuse.

How many times can one container be reused?

Approx. 360 times or until visible damage appears.

What are the container made of?

Container Features –

  • 100% BPA Free

  • Commercial Dishwasher Safe

  • Highly Durable Polypropylene

  • Microwave Safe for Re-Heating

  • Leak-Resistant Designs

  • Stackable

  • Customizable

  • Reusable & Recyclable (#5)

  • The material is NSF approved and the models EC-05, 06, 09, 11 through 24  are all NSF approved designs.

Are other places testing this idea?

YES check them out!
Colleges and universities
and many more…

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