Eating In Eating In
Table service | Cafeterias | Fast-food | Catering services
  • Serve or offer your drinks and meals in reusable dishes: use glasses, metal utensils, large stainless-steel reusable straws (upon request) that are easy to clean, and ceramic mugs and plates.
  • Make tap water available (dispenser, carafe, fountain, station, etc.).
  • Storage : store your inventory of bought or rented reusable dishware according to your business’ high-traffic periods and seasonal rushes. Purchase practical and high-quality storage equipment. Let the nature of your business determine the best possible organizational system to use. Communicate with your team about how to keep the inventory organized.
  • Cleaning : use functional industrial-level (preferably energy-efficient) cleaning and sanitation equipment. Outsource this part of the operation if space is an issue (like for fast-food restaurants).
  • Collecting : establish where people should leave their dirty dishes and make sure you have all the supplies you need, like recycling bins, tubs, and carts. Support your customers by setting up a clear operation with communications that are both visible and written in accessible language.

Here are some suppliers who offer products and/or services that can help you implement reusable solutions for EATING IN:

Regular restaurant suppliers
Retail and second-hand stores

Quebec company designing products and systems for the management of reusable packaging

  • Company created in 2020
  • 3 divisions : Bopaq (design, sale and rental of reusable packaging), technology for tracking and inventory management of reusable products and LavaBo (washing center)

– Free or deposit loan (depending on the choice of the merchant) with the Bo mobile/web application to track or refund the deposit
– Range of 7 high-end containers (free loan)
– Range of 3 containers (and more planned for next fall) cheaper (with deposit)
– Borrowing can be free for customers with a Bo account when they return the container(s) to a Bo recovery point (return bin installed at a partner business). The returned and recovered containers then go to the washing center.

– 22 oz mug “8oba 22” for drinks such as bubble teas, slushes, iced coffees (pre-orders in progress)
– Tray for groceries or events

– Technology : mobile/web application that allows the tracking of reusable containers; or for the return and refund of consigned meals
– Reverse/return logistics service
– LavaBo : recovery of containers and washing (flexible offer depending on the nature and the needs of the food trade)
– Assistance in setting up Bo solutions and tools
– Local manufacturing (South Shore of Montreal)

514 577-6811

The BYO rewards program awards points and rewards to customers who bring their own cup or reusable container

  • Company created in 2017
  • Two complementary offers :
    – Self-service borrowing system with mobile app and QR code
    – Rewards system for users who bring their own reusable cup/container (BYO)

– Range of 5 containers including 1 cup and 4 meal formulas (compartmentalized containers); with lid. Expected life for 1000 uses. Go in the microwave.

– Bring Your Own (BYO) : A QR code is installed at checkout on the customer’s personal cup or container. He scans this code with the Cano application previously downloaded to his cell phone. He accumulates points when he brings his own cup or personal container. This rewards program without the Cano loan system is now available to businesses that request it.

– Technology : free mobile application that allows the tracking of reusable containers
– Prerequisite : the business must have an available and efficient cleaning system (the chore of washing up is his responsibility)
– Reverse/return logistics service (secure collection bins)
– Assistance with the implementation of Cano solutions and tools (loyalty program)



A network of more than 450 businesses distributing La vague returnable containers across Quebec

La vague
  • NPO created in 2019
  • Borrowing system for reusable containers with deposit

– The cup : 12 oz coffee tumbler with dome

– The box : 32 oz container with lid (pre-orders accepted)

– In exchange for a deposit, the reusable product is refunded when it is returned to any participating establishment. It is then washed and put back into circulation.
– Deposit The cup : $5
– Deposit The box : $7
– Help with setting up the deposit
– On-site team training (communication elements included)

Ordering The cup is done directly on the Carrousel express site (without obligation to open an account)
The box is ordered directly on the Carrousel express site (without obligation to open an account)

819 880-0468

Chosen by the SAQ as an official supplier for its reusable glasses

  • Company created in 2019
  • Sale and rental of reusable products

– Range of glasses : Festicup, Brewcup, Corpocup (3 wine models and 1 champagne flute model)
– Container : Takko (32 oz) with customizable lid (IML in-mold labeling technology; the label is integrated directly into the mould)
– Opaque white coffee tumblers (10 ou 16 oz) with black lid : Koficup
– Reusable products sold “blank” or customizable (screen printing or IML technology)

– Storage
– Custom manufacturing
– Washing
– Recycling
– Help with setting up a deposit system

514 506-9515

Present since 2013 in Quebec in many festivals and events évènements

Ecocup by Re-uz
  • Company present in Quebec since 2013
  • Sale and rental of reusable products

On sale
– Range of coffee cups with lids / ice cream tubs without lids : 6.5 oz, 10 oz and 13.5 oz; single lid size for all 3 formats
– Range of classic glasses : 1.5 oz, 4 oz, 6 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz, pitchers…
– Range of premium glasses : wine glasses, cocktail glasses, champagne flutes…

Mugs and glasses available unprinted or personalized for sale
3 printing techniques for personalization: screen printing, digital or IML (in-mold labeling)

For rent
– Coffee mug / ice cream tubs : 10 oz
– Range of classic glasses : 4 oz, 6 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz
– Range of premium glasses : wine glasses, champagne flutes
– Range of containers : Kiobox (3 sizes available)

Mugs and glasses available unprinted or generic for hire

– Storage
– Washing
– Support to help you find the best solution for your event

438 520-4055

A service offer that is very popular with caterers, restaurants and specialized businesses (butchers, cheese shops, etc.)

  • Solidarity cooperative created in 2021
  • Rental service for returnable reusable food containers
  • Turnkey service for collecting, washing, sanitizing and redistributing containers

– Stainless steel containers with or without yellow food grade silicone lid (3 sizes : 1200 ml, 1000 ml, 600 ml)
– Glasses (2 sizes : 16 oz, 10 oz)
– Utensils

– Deposit : $9 – the deposit is not a cost, but a monetary exchange when borrowing a container to encourage its circulation
– Turnkey service for collecting, washing, sanitizing and redistributing containers
– Assessment of the needs of the caterer, restaurant or business
– Employee training and training content for the implementation of the deposit
– Communication support & SEO on website
– Delivery of containers by cargo bike or electric car

>> Contact form to be completed on the website or by email

438 738-1591

The pros
  • Less waste to manage and better overall cleanliness.
  • More attractive food options.
  • Possibility of renting out dishware upon request and for events.
The cons
  • For fast-food restaurants, implement an incentive like a consignment program to ensure that customers return dishware rather than throw it out or steal it.
  • Make room for storage if containers are bought/washed on site.
  • Outsourcing can be a solution if space is an issue.


This guide was produced in partnership with the City of Montreal.

City of Montreal