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‘The Expanded Sustainable Packaging Ordinance in Newton : What Food Establishments Need to Know’

January 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, January 30 at 9am and 3pm. Online.

On March 1, 2024, the Sustainable Food and Beverage Serviceware, Packaging, and Single Use Ordinance will go into effect. This ordinance aims to reduce the use of single-use takeout containers that cannot be reused, composted, or recycled. Examples of these includes black plastic containers and plastic lined paper containers. Non-container items such as plastic utensils and condiments will only be offered at the customer’s request.

Since the devil is often in the details, you may have questions about how the new ordinance will affect your business. In the first part of this webinar, we will explain the ordinance and address questions you may have.

In the second half, explore practical strategies for making a positive impact on the environment within your food businesses with RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts. Addressing food waste, recycling, and minimizing packaging can help lower disposal costs and support compliance with state and local regulations. RecyclingWorks MA is a recycling assistance program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection that helps businesses and institutions reduce waste and maximize recycling, reuse, and food recovery opportunities.

This webinar is intended primarily for food establishments, but members of the general public are welcome.


Alan Gordon is a member of the Newton Plastics Reduction Group that helped to research and draft the recent ordinance and a member of the Green Newton Zero Waste Committee.
Abbey Massaro is Senior Waste Reduction Consultant at MassDEP’s Recyclingworks MA.
Sign up links (please sign up for only one – morning or afternoon):

Tuesday, January 30 at 9am

Tuesday, January 30 at 3pm


Newton Sustainable Food Container and Packaging Ordinance
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