City of Del Mar - Program Offers Zero-Waste Option for Takeout Orders

City of Del Mar

The pandemic has brought a big increase in takeout dining and, not surprisingly, a pileup in the packaging used to wrap up those orders.

That’s why the City’s downtown partner is working with restaurants and a San Diego company to expand a zero-waste takeout program.

Del Mar Village Association and the M’Porte Exchange Program have enlisted nearly a half-dozen Del Mar restaurants to offer reusable, stainless steel containers for orders to go.

To join the container exchange program, customers pay a one-time fee of $25 before ordering zero-waste takeout from a participating restaurant. Customers are asked to rinse the container after enjoying its contents. That same, 50-ounce container -- which is fitted with hasps and a no-leak lid – gets exchanged for a pre-cleaned and sanitized box with the next meal.  

Since 2019, Del Mar has banned single-use plastic bags, straws, stirrers and Styrofoam packaging.   Reducing solid waste, and ultimately achieving zero waste, is a top goal of Del Mar’s Climate Action Program.

Participating restaurants in Del Mar include Viewpoint Brewing Co., En Fuego Cantina & Grill, Elixir, Americana Restaurant. Beeside Balcony and Jake’s Del Mar are coming soon.

Open the M'Porte Exchange Program Website
Open Del Mar’s Zero Waste webpage
Open Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan

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