Plastic forks have become a staple restaurant supply item. The entire country has become an engine of disposable goods and foodservice is no different. Why use silverware and have to wash everyday when you can just use the forks and throw them away.
Almost every foodcourt in every mall in America distributes plastic forks with their meals and every fast food chain restaurant uses disposable plastic forks for ease and simplicity. Churches are also big users of plastic forks for their banquets and picnics.
Plastic forks are used and thrown away every day in the foodservice industry. Restaurants have tried to simplify their businesses by going disposable.