Uber Eats partners with DeliverZero to bring sustainable packaging to New York delivery


By Jessica Bursztynsky

Uber Eats announced today a partnering with sustainable packaging company DeliverZero to bring eco-friendly takeout containers to several dozen restaurants across New York City.


Customers will now be able to choose sustainable packaging made of BPA-free polypropylene plastic at 60 restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The companies plan to expand locations in the coming weeks, according to a news release.

“Customers want to order takeout and delivery without the side of single-use packaging waste,” DeliverZero cofounder and CEO Lauren Sweeney said in a statement announcing the pilot program.

Uber Eats customers can swap out regular containers for reusable ones for a $1 fee. Customers will then receive a text message from DeliverZero with instructions for returning the packaging, either by dropping it off at a participating restaurant or scheduling a pickup.


Consumers won’t be charged if they keep the packaging; they also won’t be refunded the $1 for returning the packaging. An Uber spokesperson said that the vast majority of consumers who opt into eco-friendly packaging with DeliverZero return it.

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