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BYOB! "Bring Your Own Box" and Reduce Waste in Truckee

Siobhan Kenney
April 29, 2022
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Ever wish you could ditch single-use containers when ordering takeout? In Truckee, you can! Truckee restaurants are cutting down on waste by offering a sustainable alternative, replacing single-use cardboard, plastic, or styrofoam to-go boxes with a reusable Green Box. 

So what is a Green Box and how does it work? We break it down into three easy steps:

Step 1 - Visit a participating location and ask to purchase a Green Box.

As of April 2022, Green Boxes are available at seven locations in Truckee: 

  1. MakiAli - Sushi & Japanese Pub
  2. Red Truck
  3. Stella
  4. Siam Cuisine
  5. RMU Truckee
  6. Sierra Bakehouse
  7. Tahoe Food Hub

These restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and markets feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients with options for all diets and tastes. Place your order and ask for your takeout or leftovers in a green reusable to-go container. There is a $5 initial cost to purchase a container but after that, it’s free to exchange.

Step 2 - Rinse your Green Box when finished with your meal.

Enjoy Truckee takeout and know that your dining choices are helping to keep single-use products out of landfills! When you’re done with your meal, give the container a good rinse and store it somewhere easily accessible for next time. We like to keep ours with our reusable shopping totes and reusable utensil set!

Step 3 -  Bring your Green Box back to trade for a clean one with your next order at any participating location.

Now that you have a Green Box, bring it to one of the locations above and they’ll exchange it for a clean one when you’re ready for another takeout meal. And that’s it!

Photo courtesy of Keep Truckee Green

The best part of this Keep Truckee Green program is that it’s so easy to take part in. Each restaurant washes and sanitizes the containers they receive so all you have to do is remember to bring your Green Box with you - although, we admit, that’s not always as easy as it sounds!

Everyone can help reduce single-use cardboard, plastic, and styrofoam waste by using a Green Box in Truckee, visitors and residents! If you’re vacationing at a Truckee hotel or mountain home, be sure to ask your hosts if Green Boxes are available to use during your stay. 

Looking for more sustainable travel tips or ways to support Truckee’s environment and local community? Check out SustainableTruckee.org.

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