Colleges Ban Dining Trays in Effort to Go Green
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College campuses around the country are making their cafeterias and delis more sustainable by, believe it or not, eliminating dining trays! This movement has led to a drastic reduction in food waste and water usage (from the rinsing of the trays) and the universities that have adopted this policy have saved substantial amounts of money.Sarah Whately of Skidmore College sums up this new method of reducing food waste, “…you actually eat what you want rather than what you see.”
In my hometown of San Diego, California, San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego have already eliminated all trays from campus eateries. The University of San Diego currently has “Trayless Fridays,” but next semester will be completely trayless in an effort to be more environmentally friendly. This is a great example of how small changes made by ordinary people can change the status quo and ultimately lead to a happier planet earth.