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Reusable Dining Options (In Progress)

Project History


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.

Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Thurman Etchison

    Project Leader:

    Thurman Etchison

    Team Members:

    • Mike Olinger
    • Tim Stark
    • BK Sharma


  • Proposed November 1, 2020
    Proposed by Nov 2020
    Investigated February 12, 2021
    Investigated by Feb 12 2021


Project Location(s)

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