Orange County launches initiative to reduce single-use waste at restaurants

Goshen. The program aims to help restaurants save on costs while cutting waste.

| 29 Mar 2024 | 11:18

Orange County recently announced the launch of the new “Orange County Green Grub” initiative to help local restaurants “reduce solid waste, save costs, and enhance their brand visibility.” This voluntary program’s objective is to reduce dependency on single-use items, among other waste reduction measures.

According to the county, participating restaurants can reduce costs and their environmental impact while contributing to “community well-being.” Though only a select number of restaurants will be accepted into the program, which includes support and guidance from the county, all Orange County restaurants are encouraged to apply. Participating establishments can expect an estimated time commitment of approximately three to four hours over eight months. The program is offered free of charge to eligible restaurants.

“This program presents a great opportunity for restaurants to adopt best practices that will help achieve results that are good for business and good for the environment,” said County Executive Steve Neuhaus. “I hope that restaurants owners will take advantage of this free program to receive technical assistance on how to reduce waste at their businesses.”

Some of the moves mentioned by the county include increasing public awareness about reusable containers, implementing a bring-your-own-mug program, or tackling a specific area of single-use waste. Businesses will also receive guidance, feedback, and support from the program partners on the types of waste reduction initiatives they can implement.

Local food service establishments looking to join Orange County Green Grub and be part of this sustainability initiative can fill out an application at The application deadline is April 8, 2024. Upon review of application submissions, a limited number of restaurants will be selected to participate.

This initiative is a collaborative effort between the Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, the Center for Sustainable Materials Management, the Orange County DPW Division of Environmental Facilities and Services, and the Orange County Department of Health.

While participation in the program is free, participants can opt to purchase extra services or equipment in support of their project.

For more information, contact Ermin Siljkovic, recycling coordinator at Orange County DPW, Division of Environmental Facilities & Services at 845-291-3246 or