Reducing To-Go Food Litter

Tahoe has a litter problem. During the pandemic, to-go food waste has been a major culprit.
Reduce litter from to-go foodTo Keep Tahoe Blue, the League encourages restaurants to:
  • Only provide utensils, straws, napkins and other single-use items upon request. 
  • Use only compostable or reusable take-out and delivery items.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and polystyrene, following City of South Lake Tahoe ordinances.
  • Post this flyer in your restaurant.
The City of South Lake Tahoe is offering support for restaurants who follow these guidelines for their to-go food business. On December 15, 2020 the City Council approved $100,000 in reimbursements for restaurants to purchase to-go containers and other items necessary for take-out and delivery services. 


WHAT’S REIMBURSABLE: Compostable or reusable to-go containers/boxes, utensils, reusable plastic bags, and paper bags. Click here for more eco-friendly disposables.

WHAT’S NOT REIMBURSABLE: Any polystyrene (styrofoam) or non-reusable plastic bags or utensils.

WHAT RESTAURANTS NEED TO DO: Provide itemized receipt and pictures (sent as an attachment not embedded in the email) proving that your purchases are within the program guidelines. Also, a signed acknowledgement of CDPH and City guidelines and ordinances. Send these items to

REIMBURSEMENTS: After a review of submitted documentation, the City will reimburse the restaurant for 1/2 of their purchase up to $5,000.

CLICK HERE for more information from the City of South Lake Tahoe.

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