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Los Angeles City Bans Plastic Bags

Heal the Bay Plastic Bag Ban

Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 to advance an ordinance that would ban plastic carryout bags and place a charge on paper bags at grocery stores and select retailers throughout the city. Read the Press Release

CaterGreen! has teamed up with EcoLogicSolutions to provide the best in commercial green cleaning products - Third party certified by Green Restaurant Association, Green Seal, EcoLabel and USDA BioPreferred

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We now have the goods to help you green your kitchen and get the hazardous chemicals out by supplying you with the best green cleaning chemicals in the industry. With EcologicSolutions, We have found a like minded company that offers systems and products with high integrity, without compromising quality, effectiveness and not breaking the bank... this is a cost neutral way to go green. Click Here for More Info on this and our other Products and Services

Los Angeles County passes extensive plastic bag ban; Also holding Working Group Meetings for EPS Food Container Litter Reduction Effort

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors made history on Tuesday (Nov 16th 2010) by approving a ban on plastic bags and a 10-cent surcharge on paper bags at every grocery store, pharmacy, and every convenience stores with a liquor license in unincorporated LA County. Click Here for the Full Scoop! There is also a series of Working Group Meetings related to Expanded Poly Styrene (EPS) Food Container Litter Reduction Efforts. To keep track of both of these important issues, click to sign up for the LADPW eNotify news letter service.

CaterGreen! Food Buying Co-Op - United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI)


CaterGreen! Zero Waste Solutions has added an additional service to its compostable food service delivery. We now can supply you with Organic and Fair Trade dry goods (no perishables) from UNFI through our Food Buying Co-Op. We have the ability to compile orders from all of our clients to get up to the $500 minimum order UNFI requires. The minimum order changes week to week depending on who is on board. Click Here for More Info on this and our other Products and Services

Food Waste Recycling for Restaurants in the City of Los Angeles

CaterGreen! Zero Waste Solutions has been outreaching the City of Los Angeles' Food Waste Recycling Program for Food Service Establishments. We work directly with Restaurant Owners, Event Coordinators and other Food Waste generators such as Schools, Festivals and Farmers' Markets. Click for More Information!

Plastic Recycling Awareness

New California Recycling Laws Take Effect July 1, 2007

Bottles and Cans: Consumers will pay a penny more on the purchase of recyclable bottles and cans. The fee was increased to 5 cents on plastic, glass and aluminum containers under 24 ounces and 10 cents for larger containers. The amount paid back to consumers when they recycle the containers had been increased by a penny January 1 from a surplus in CRV funds collected last year. The 40 percent of unclaimed deposits go toward various recycling programs.

Plastic Bags: Supermarkets will be required to to start providing bag-recycling bins for consumers, label bags to indicate they can be recycled and provide reusable bags as an alternative to plastic. It has been estimated that more than 52,000 tons of disposable bags were used in California in 2000, but less than 50 tons were recycled. The disposal cost for plastic bags is estimated to be more than $51 million per year.

CaterGreen! has been working with the City of Los Angeles in outreaching their "It's Our L.A! Keep It Clean" program to encourage residents to return plastic grocery bags to stores for recycling.

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New Compostable Products

CaterGreen! is constantly researching for new and innovative products. Keep coming back to see the latest in compostable solutions.

ecotainer hot cup lid

There Here! New ecotainer Compostable Hot Cup Lids from International Paper.

Finally, a reliable, made in USA, compostable hot cup lid. This lid replaces the plastic lids made from #6 polystyrene ("styrofoam" without the air). The ecotainer compostable hot cup lid fits 10, 12, 16 and 20 oz. ecotainer hot cups. Click here for more info on this and other compostable products we offer.

City of Santa Monica Non-Recyclable Food Service Container Ban and Business Zero Waste Event Support

On December 5, 2006 the City of Santa Monica unanimously approved an ordinance to ban Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) and all unrecyclable food-related packaging. CaterGreen! joined Santa Monica Environmental Programs Division, Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, Heal the Bay, Algalita Marine Research Institute and others to speak on behalf of the ban. Representatives from the Polystyrene Council, DOW Chemicals, the California Restaurant Association, El Pollo Loco and Taco Bell spoke against the ban.

The ordinance took effect on Februrary 9, 2007 for all city facilities, city managed concessions, and city sponsored and permitted events.

The ordinance will take effect on February 9, 2008 for all food service providers in Santa Monica.

CaterGreen! has been and continues to work with the City of Santa Monica, area restaurants and the Zero Waste Farmers' Market in making this transition away from Polystyrene through outreach, education and solutions. Contact Us if you are a food service provider in Santa Monica or if you know of a restaurant that could use our help. Click Here for Information on the Ban and to contact Josephine Miller of the Environmental Programs Division -

Large public events are notorious for producing lots of trash. As part of the effort to promote and implement recycling, reuse and composting practices, The City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment, has established a guide to help you make your event Zero-Waste. Click Here for More Information -

Free Waste Cooking Oil Recycling Service

CaterGreen! has partnered with GeoGreen BioFuels to outreach and sign-up customers for a Free Waste Vegetable Oil Collection Service. Turn your used veggie oil into locally made commercial grade bio-diesel. Click Here For More Info and to Sign-Up!

Zero Waste Plan - Solid Waste Integrated Resources Plan (SWIRP)

SWIRP is the City of Los Angeles' effort to become Zero Waste. CaterGreen! has been attending their workshops and conferences as a "Stakeholder" and behind the scenes support. To Get Involved Contact -

CaterGreen! Zero Waste Solutions LLC has the following Certifications through the Los Angeles Department of Public Works:

  • Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • and Certified Small, Local Business Specializing in Compostable Food Service Products

CaterGreen! Zero Waste Solutions was selected as the 2009 "Environmental Green Conservator of the Year" by the US Small Business Administration!

For the first time in all the years that the "Small Business Administration" has been granting awards to small businesses for different accomplishments - 13 award categories... This is the first year that the SBA recognizes and grants an award for accomplishments to an environmental business. CaterGreen! Zero Waste Solutions - Allan & Herminia have been recognized by the SBA and will be Granted the award for 2009 "Environmental "Green" Conservator of the Year" on June 17th, 2009. Click to Read Press Release

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