Food Industry

Whether you’re a seasoned restaurant owner, just getting started, or hoping to make your operations more sustainable, we’ve got the tools for you. Follow the checklist, and contact us if you need help figuring everything else out.

Stop wasting. Start Donating.

Reduce food insecurity and address climate change by redistributing nutritious surplus food to neighbors in need.


Want to do all you can to save money, treat your community right, and get promoted? Follow this checklist to get started!

Product Purchasing Guide

All the details you need to know to make sure you’re moving away from single use plastics, and providing customers with compostable products that are accepted locally.

Food Services Toolkits

For a deeper dive on why all of these practices are important, read up!


Eat Local First Wholesale Directory

When you support local, you reduce your impact. Check out the Eat Local First Wholesale Guide to figure out how to source more local options.



The following posters are available for you to download, print, and post at your waste station. Contact us if you would like printed posters delivered to you!
Compost, Landfill, Recycle, Paper Towels

Donate as a Caterer

So you have some leftover food at the end of an event and want to put it to good use. Let us help you turn into a meal for someone in need. Find how to donate your leftover event food to the Food Recovery Program. You can also donate regularly from your restaurant’s kitchen.

Get promoted for your efforts in reducing waste and eliminating single-use plastic from your restaurant with Where To Go With To-Go.

Set up a time for us to pick up your surplus edible food. We’ll bring it to a meal redistribution agency with our Food Recovery Program.

Access marketing consultations, business promotion, and B2B connections with Eat Local First and our Food & Farming Program.

Additional resrouces. Free for everyone.

You are doing great work! If you’re wondering how to eliminate single-use plastics, donate surplus food, market your business, or connect with others, we can help! Learn more about these programs or simply contact us for more information!

Over 450 businesses have committed to reducing their waste through our Toward Zero Waste program and are making great strides! The vast majority of businesses have realized financial savings in addition to making a positive change for our community and the environment. We meet businesses where they are at and realize everyone is on a different journey to move toward zero waste. Contact us to learn more.


Not sure where to start? Give us a shout and we’ll help you out!

Thank you to our program sponsors:

Lautenbach Industries
Sanitary Service Company
Mt. Baker Care Center & Summit Place Assisted Living
Gear Aid