Dining Services has many initiatives to help reduce waste on campus.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your waste in the dining halls is to pay attention to what’s on your plate! Food waste is a major source of waste in the United States. Take what you can eat, and you can always go back for more. Food that is not served is recovered from dining hall kitchens by the Food Recovery Network. This food is brought to organizations in the area that feed hot meals to people in need.
In the Dining Halls, we recycle and compost for you! Dining Services staff will make sure any waste is composted or recycled properly. In 2014-2015, Dining Services had a waste diversion rate of 74% – right on track with the campus goal of 75%.
Reusable mugs, cups, and bottles are welcome in the dining halls, cafes, and convenience shops – use these for your beverage and you’ll get a 20-cent discount as well as reduce your waste!