Tray-free Dining

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Everyone is encouraged to dine tray-free at every meal!

Over 50 universities now have a trayless dining program in place. Many of these programs report a reduction in food waste generated as well as reductions in energy and water consumption. Waste, water and energy audits were performed during the Hedrick pilot in Winter 2009 – 6,300 gallons of water was saved in one month alone!

Everyone is highly encouraged to dine tray-free at every meal. In addition to saving  energy, water, and soap from washing fewer trays, people who dine without a tray are much more likely to waste less food.

Benefits of dining without a tray include:
  •  Using less energy for heating water
  •  Using less water for washing
  •  Using less cleaning product
  •  Reducing food waste

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