Dining Services is working hard to advance our sustainability efforts and there is a lot that you can do to help.
While we are converting to more sustainable carry-out container options, dining in and using washable ware is still the most sustainable choice.
Whether dining in or taking out, please be mindful of product and food waste – take only what you will eat and what you need. Use your own bag and mug.
When you are finished eating don’t forget to recycle! Single stream recycling bins can be found in all dining locations to recycle many food and meal containers and packaging. You can also use the on-campus bottle return to get your 5 cent deposit back from beverage bottles.
The Ozzi system eliminates the need for disposable to-go containers and uses reusable ones. Each incoming Freshman student receives one token in their mailbox when they come to campus this fall. Each token allows a student to receive one to-go container, which is National Sanitation Foundation approved and made from recyclable No. 5 polypropylene. Added benefits include keeping food hotter for longer periods of time and they are microwave-safe as well as BPA-free.
Ozzi reusable containers has eliminated the use of 94,000 disposable to-go containers per year (that’s 4 tons) from Gracie’s, together with eradicating the growing costs to buy and dispose of the waste associated with throwaway containers.
Use an Ozzi container at Gracie's, Sol's Underground, and Brick City Cafe.
Grow Your Own or Buy Local
Did you know that after it is harvested, produce loses nutrients as it ages? Eating locally grown foods ensures that you are getting the fresh, flavorful food with the highest nutrient content possible. It also helps to support and grow the local economy. Find out how you can take advantage of all of the opportunities to enjoy local foods at RIT here.
Have an idea or want to help Dining Services further their sustainability efforts? Contact Kurt Ingerick, Executive Director, Student Auxiliary Services for more information.