The city of Pinole is touting a new partnership between a local restaurant and FoodWare, a food service supplier, to offer zero-waste food packaging.

Fire Wings Pinole becomes the first restaurant in the city to introduce a sustainable model of reusables for takeout. The system works through the FoodWare app, where customers add containers to their account for a small fee that is credited back upon return.

At Fire Wings Pinole, customers can receive their food packaged in a FoodWare container upon request. They then have two weeks to return the container, creating a zero-waste system of food packaging.

A screenshot of the FoodWare app distills the essence of how the service works. Customers use the app to request reusable FoodWare containers, scan a QR code, then return the container when they are finished using it, receiving a credit for a small fee paid at checkout. (FoodWare/Facebook)

FoodWare also has partnerships with the cities of Berkeley and Burlingame and San Mateo County.

This zero-waste plan is part of a larger single-use plastic reduction initiative called Plastic Wise Pinole.

Single-use packaging is an unsustainable pollutant that can damage the environment, and such packaging has been found as the major pollutant of Pinole Creek, the city said. Further, a 2011 Bay Area litter survey showed that 67 percent of all trash collected came from take-out food and beverage packaging.

In addition to reusable foodware, Pinole is also seeking to replace all single-use plastic bags with reusable or paper bags.

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