WHY Zero Waste?
Vendor Expectations + Guidelines
Producers take responsibility when it comes to helping make
Banned Products Guide
- Single-use condiment pouches and plastic ramekins — These small items go straight into the landfill and can be easily replaced with reusable bottles or bulk containers.
- Plastic straws and stirrers — These products cannot be recycled or reused. They also often end up as litter on our streets and beaches, and in our waterways. If straws or stirrers are important to serving your beverages, there are a number of alternatives including paper and bamboo solutions.
- Polystyrene AKA Styrofoam — Not only is this unhealthy to serve food in, particularly hot food, but it will be sent to the landfill.
Compostable plastic-looking cups — These are confusing to consumers and typically do not compost well, they also are not accepted in the RI recycling program and will end up in a landfill.
- Plastic Cutlery — This will also end up in the landfill or as litter.
- Single-use plastic bags — We see them blowing in the wind, polluting our waterways, and stuck in trees.
Tips for Vendors
- Make food samples bite size or make finger food
- Use paper bags, boxes, and aluminum foil to distribute food
- Give out napkins only upon request
- Make sure any “green” products are genuinely recyclable or compostable. Biodegradable
does NOT mean compostable. For a complete list of recyclable materials, visit