Isenhour interviewed for Waste Dive about reusable takeout containers

Cindy Isenhour, associate professor of anthropology and climate change, spoke with Waste Dive about her research about reusable takeout containers. Isenhour worked with a graduate student to present a few possible models for reusable takeout containers to a group of 35 Maine hospitality, waste and environmental management stakeholders in fall 2021 as part of a larger project examining potential for reusable in the state. Isenhour noted that the majority said they would prefer a third-party service that regularly dropped off clean containers. The cost of devoting permanent storage space and sourcing workers to clean the packaging seemed unmanageable when businesses are already struggling to retain and train staff.