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A Guide to Sustainable Serviceware & To-Go Containers for Restaurants and Food Prep Businesses

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

We know you’re busy...

So we’ve produced a guide to make it as easy as possible to avoid polystyrene (Styrofoam®) and plastic products in compliance with Colorado’s and Breckenridge’s new laws.

  • Effective May 4, 2023 - Stores in Breckenridge are prohibited from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout bags. If your business has carryout bags, they must be 100 percent recycled paper bags.

  • Effective May 4, 2023 - Retail food establishments in Breckenridge shall not provide single-use condiments and/or single-use food service ware unless a customer requests them at the point of ordering whether online, by phone, or in-person.

  • Effective January 1, 2024 - Colorado restaurants and food prep businesses will no longer be allowed to use polystyrene foam (often referred to as Styrofoam®) to serve food or beverages.

  • Effective July 1, 2024 - Any business in the Town of Breckenridge shall be prohibited from selling or offering for sale any single-use plastic water bottles less than a gallon in volume.

  • Effective July 1, 2024 - Any retail food establishment shall be prohibited from selling or offering for sale single-use plastic containers and shall be prohibited from providing single-use plastic food service ware.

So, what to use instead? Are some packaging choices better for the environment than others? How much will these alternatives cost? This guide will help you navigate your choices, including in regions, like Summit County, where compostable products are not accepted in the compost stream. You’ll also learn more ways your business can choose sustainable options for customers, some of which can save your business money.


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