ANN ARBOR – Several local restaurants launched the Ann Arbor Reduce, Reuse, Return (A2R3) Reusable Container Program on Tuesday in partnership with the city of Ann Arbor’s Office of Sustainability and Innovations.
Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Miss Kim, El Harissa and Detroit Street Filling Station will be participating in the pilot program throughout the month.
“Partnering with the City of Ann Arbor allowed us to bring this idea, which we’ve been testing, researching and developing for years, to life,” head chef and managing partner of Zingerman’s Delicatessen Rodger Bowser said in a release. “This program is the next step in our quest to further reduce single-use plastics and our way of challenging the way people interact with restaurants.
“Thank you to the city for investing in this program to help give the program traction and to scale it to four different businesses.”
“The Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability is taking a research and development approach to the reusable container pilot program,” sustainability and innovations manager of the city of Ann Arbor, Missy Stults, said in a release. “We’re committed to finding a way to reduce single-use plastics and are excited to learn from this pilot so that we can launch a full-fledged program available to all interested Ann Arborites.”
Each restaurant is using the containers differently.
Zingerman’s Delicatessen will be using them for its At Home take-and-heat meals program while the Detroit Street Filling Station will package its Del Burger orders in the reusable containers.
Customers will find a QR code with each order that includes instructions on how to return the container. Once guests return their container to all participating restaurants and complete a return survey, they will unlock a special discount.
The pilot program’s containers are 100 percent BPA-free, NSF-certified, reusable and recyclable and highly durable. They are also microwave safe for reheating, stackable, leak-resistant and dishwasher safe for 1,000 uses.