GO Box is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Citizens Committee for New York City and A+E Networks to launch a new corporate reuse program. Read the full press release from A+E Networks below.
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A+E Networks® Launches Reusable To-Go Container Program in Partnership with Citizens Committee for New York City
NEW YORK CITY – A+E Networks (“A+E”) announced today the launch of a reusable to-go container program to reduce waste from single-use disposable products in its employee cafeteria. The project is funded in part by an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) grant awarded to Citizens Committee for New York City (“CCNYC”). CCNYC selected A+E as the pilot site after contacting nearly 50 companies with workplace cafeterias in NYC, interviewing more than a dozen candidates, and visiting five sites in person.
“We were impressed by A+E’s enthusiasm for the project and the company’s strong culture of sustainability,” said Rich Grousset of ThinkReuse, the sustainability consulting firm hired by CCNYC to manage the project. “It was also clear from our very first conversation that A+E operations and cafeteria staff were open to experimenting and had an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving,” continued Grousset, “both of which are pivotal when undertaking a project without much precedent to draw upon.”
The goal is to study the feasibility and effectiveness of reusable to-go container programs in workplace cafeterias. A reusable to-go container program offers foodservice customers the choice to receive their food in reusable containers instead of in single-use products. Customers eat their food and return the containers to conveniently located bins. The used containers are then collected, cleaned and sanitized according to Department of Health guidelines, and restocked for reuse.
“We are proud to host this project at A+E Networks,” said Denise Strong, A+E’s Vice President of Office Services and Facilities, “Not only does it align with our sustainability goals, but our employees love the idea. We had an overwhelming response when recruiting pilot participants.”
These types of programs have successfully reduced waste on a number of college campuses across the country, including Columbia University in New York City, but have been slower to gain traction in workplace environments and in restaurants. The ultimate goal is to develop best practices to be shared widely and to bring lessons learned to the restaurant market segment.
“There are more than 25,000 restaurants in the city and most offer some form of takeout or delivery service. This accounts for a huge amount of waste and a huge opportunity for waste reduction,” said Arif Ullah, Director of Programs for Citizens Committee.
A key component of the pilot is the implementation of a smartphone application to keep track of reusable to-go containers. To that end, CCNYC has licensed the use of Go Box’s app. Go Box is a reusable to-go container service founded in Portland, Oregon in 2011. This will be the first time a NYC workplace cafeteria will use Go Box, or any similar technology, in conjunction with reusable foodservice products.
“We see this project as an important step toward finding workable new solutions to this problem. Of course there will be challenges, but there are many potential benefits we see with this program,” said Ullah, “including waste reduction, cost savings on packaging, and consumer and employee satisfaction.”
ThinkReuse is a network of sustainability consultants with a shared passion for reducing the waste created by single-use disposable foodservice products. The founders have more than a decade of combined experience in researching, designing, and implementing reusable take-out container programs in institutional cafeterias and restaurants. Learn more at www.thinkreuse.org.
About Citizens Committee for New York City
Citizens Committee for New York City’s mission is simple: to help New Yorkers – especially those in low- income areas – come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Residents are uniquely situated to define and act on the issues affecting their
communities. When provided with modest support, neighborhood and school groups can effectively mobilize community resources to improve quality of life. Citizens Committee for New York City supports these grassroots efforts by offering small grants, skills-building workshops, and project planning assistance. In 2017, the organization provided 450 projects with $1.9 million in grants and services in 192 NYC neighborhoods. Visit Citizens Committee online at www.citizensnyc.org.
About Go Box
GO Box is a circular, zero waste system providing reusable containers and cups for to-go food and drink that can borrowed and returned through a user-friendly app. The GO Box platform can be leveraged to eliminate single use waste in corporate cafeterias, on campus, across restaurant chains or scaled to a city-wide reuse system. First launched in Portland, Oregon in 2011, GO Box has prevented the use and disposal of over 230,000 single use plastic containers and cups. Visit GO Box online at goboxpdx.com and follow the #reuserevolution on Instagram at instagram.com/goboxpdx and Facebook at facebook.com/goboxpdx.
About A+E Networks
A+E Networks® is a global content company comprised of some of the most popular and culturally relevant brands in media including A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, FYI® and VICELAND®. A+E Networks’ portfolio extends across platforms and genres, with the A+E International division; A+E Studios®, a long-form production unit; A+E Originals, a long-form unscripted division; A&E IndieFilms®; and A+E Digital®, encompassing websites, watch apps, games and SVOD initiatives including Lifetime Movie Club and HISTORY Vault. A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in 41 languages. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/AENetworks
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