It seems like quite a lot of small independent fast food places use styrofoam. No doubt that the more environmentally friendly choices cost a bit more. I wonder how many businesses have silently lost customers that do not want to buy fast food that comes in styrofoam. The bagel shop that I visited only had styrofoam as an option.
Of course the visit began with me asking if they would put their food in my container. Also they make their sandwiches on a piece of paper so I asked them not to. The bagelwich I chose was on special that day and came with soup. Unfortunately I did not bring an extra container for soup. They offered me coleslaw or potato salad instead but I had to decline that too because they were already portioned in plastic. The employee gave me a 50 cent discount for using my own container!
I can not stress enough that it becomes easier and easier to ask each time. Would you be willing to try zero-waste fast food?