Rip City Reuse

Rip City is committed to protecting our environment and we are always looking for innovative and sustainable ways to reduce our impact. We are excited to announce that we are launching a first-of-its-kind initiative to implement reusable food ware at our concession stands in the Moda Center to support our journey to zero waste.

Why are we going reusable?

With fans consuming drinks and food onsite, we have a unique opportunity to serve and collect reusable food and drinkware for future reuse at our concession stands. This creates a closed-loop system and reduces unnecessary waste.

Studies have shown reusable to-go food ware surpasses single-use throw away and even compostable options on every environmental scale. Moving from single-use to reusable concession ware will dramatically reduce waste, save energy and conserve resources.

How does it work?

Attendees of any concert or game will now get their food in a reusable container at select stands on Moda Center's Club Level and at Rose Quarter restaurant, Dr. Jacks. Here’s how it works:

  1. Select items at these locations will be served in a reusable container at no charge.
  2. Once done with your food, drop the empty container into one of the designated collection bins.
  3. Collected containers are washed and sanitized for use at the next event.

We look forward to our fans joining us on our #RipCityReuse journey!

Rip City Reuse food boat
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it does require water and energy to wash reusables. However, even with the energy and water needed to wash them, the overall environmental impact of reusables is substantially less than single-use, throw-away and even compostable containers. Read more about why reuse wins at events in a recent study completed by Upstream.

Our local vendor Bold Reuse collects, sanitizes and returns our reusables to us. They have relationships with both the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Multnomah County Health Department. Their service falls outside of their regulatory purviews, but both organizations have reviewed their standard operating procedures related to the safe and sanitary washing, drying and transporting of reusable containers and cups. In addition, both organizations recognize Bold Reuse as an approved third-party service provider of reusable containers and cups for vendors.

Bold Reuse reusables are made of BPA-free polypropylene #5, which is generally considered one of the safest choices for plastic products (other #5 products include yogurt cups and baby bottles). #5 plastic is highly resistant to heat transfer and is super durable. While by no means perfect, plastic is lightweight, durable and relatively inexpensive, which are all important criteria for reusable packaging in an arena setting where we hope to scale this program.