Serve It Safe
A Pilot Program To Reduce Waste in Takeout
As more food service businesses start to reopen, we are thrilled to launch Serve it Safe – a new environmental initiative with UPSTREAM, Dishcraft and Zero Waste Palo Alto designed to reduce waste in our communities. The pilot is kicking off during Earth Week and will run for four weeks from Tuesday, April 20 – Monday, May 17.
Tootsie’s at the Stanford Barn is the first restaurant to pilot Serve it Safe, a reusable foodware program, and we can’t wait to make this a success so we can show other restaurants and diners the way to a zero waste future!
Join us in defining what’s possible for the planet by supporting our initiative, and lead the way to accelerating reuse!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Serve It Safe?
Serve It Safe is a community reuse program to help local restaurants reduce waste and increase safety by replacing single-use foodware with clean, sanitized, reusable takeout containers. A partnership of Dishcraft, UPSTREAM and Zero Waste Palo Alto, Serve It Safe was created to allow local restaurants to thrive during the COVID pandemic without impacting their sustainability missions.
Tootsie’s at the Stanford Barn is the first restaurant to pilot Serve It Safe. The pilot will run from April 20 - May 17, 2021.
How does Serve It Safe work?
Tootsie’s packages your meal in reusable containers from Dishcraft.
After use, you simply close the container(s) and place them in a Dishcraft collection bin.
Each day, Dishcraft drops off clean containers to the restaurant and collects the used ones.
After collection, the containers are brought back to Dishcraft’s automated dishwashing hub where they are washed, commercially sanitized and inspected before they’re sent back out to Tootsie’s.
What is the cost to participate?
The Serve it Safe pilot program has no charge for diners and is very affordable for restaurants. The return policy is simple and free of rules and restrictions; diners return the container to a collection bin located at any participating restaurant. There is no app, deposit, or tracking mechanism and no fee for loss or breakage.
Where do I return my Serve It Safe container?
When you finish your meal, just look for one of the Dishcraft collection bins located around the Tootsie’s patio. Simply close your container and drop it inside.
If you are taking your meal to go, please return your container on your next visit to Tootsie’s.
How are these containers cleaned and sanitized?
Only Dishcraft combines multiple layers and levels of cleaning, testing and inspection technologies and protocols for a level of safety and sanitization that exceeds all traditional dishwashing operations. Each container is washed and sanitized using eco-friendly chemicals, for a level of clean that exceeds levels determined by public health codes. Dishcraft personnel wear full PPE to ensure that a safe environment is maintained at all times during handling.
About Dishcraft Robotics
Dishcraft Robotics is a robotics company focused on solving the labor and sustainability challenges facing foodservice operators. Its core offering, Dishcraft Daily, is a reliable, eco-friendly daily dishware delivery service that provides high-quality, sanitized, reusable dine-in and takeout dishware and containers to Bay-Area restaurants and foodservice operators, including corporate, hotel, and healthcare dining operations. Founded in 2015, Dishcraft has raised $46 million in venture funding from leading investors including Grit Ventures, Baseline Ventures, First Round Capital, Fuel Capital, and Lemnos. For more information, visit www.dishcraft.com.
UPSTREAM is an environmental non-profit organization sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution by helping people, businesses and communities shift from single-use to reuse. To learn more, visit www.upstreamsolutions.org.
About Zero Waste Palo Alto
Zero Waste Palo Alto is a part of Environmental Services in the City of Palo Alto’s Public Works Department focusing on waste reduction, proper management of solid and hazardous waste, as well as management of the closed landfill. One of the main goals is to reach Zero Waste by 2030. To learn more, visit www.zerowastepaloalto.org.