On July 26, 2021, the Zero Waste SWATeam met to discuss Reusable Dining Options.
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Reusable Dining Options (In Progress)
The iWG met on April 27, 2021, and discussed the iCAP Team recommendations: ZW002 Join NERC Government Recycling Demand Champions, ZW003 GreenerOffice Delivery Service Enrollment, ZW004 Reusable Dining Containers Program, LW002 Vet Med Parking Re-
Decrease Wasteful Practices through Behavior Change
- Annual International Sustainable Electronics Competition
- Bevier Café Reusable Carry-out Program
- Campus Sustainability Month 2020 - Waste Reduction Challenge
- Campuswide Zero Waste events
- Plastic Free Challenge
- Project Paplet
- Reusable Dining Options
- Single Use Plastics in Vending Machines
- Skip the Bag Campaign
- Student Composter/Recycler Certification
- Water Fountain Retrofit
- Zero Waste Messaging Campaign
The Zero Waste SWATeam is interested in pursuing reusable service options for campus facilities which serve food at any capacity. This particularly applies to to-go options.
A to-go option using reusable containers will be implemented this fall in University Housing Dining at three locations: Lincoln Avenue Dining, Illinois Street Dining and Ikenberry Dining.
As stated in the 2020 iCAP,
"Objective #5.3 ensures that items used on campus-particularly at large events- are durable, repairable, and reusable, and that they contribute to our university-wide culture of reuse."
This project is aligned with the goals of cultivating a zero waste culture on campus. Food is an enormous portion of the human experience, and rather than eliminate it, the Zero Waste SWATeam hopes to shift the paradigm towards the sustainable future the University of Illinois is planning. By providing opportunities for students to utilize reusable containers and participate in a reusable dining program, it will not only yield measurable reductions of single-use items in the waste stream, but will also bring sustainability to the forefront of each participant.