Roanoke College

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"Green" Eating at RC

Eating TraylessDining Service makes every effort to do our part to minimize our impact on the environment.  Our "waste not, want not" philosophy is one we continually strive to improve upon.  Our focus is on reducing the necessary resources needed to operate our department.  We want to create awareness and educate our community on how we can all do our part.  We continually evaluate our practices and implement new ones where viable opportunities exist.  Some of these "green" practices include:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Use of china whenever possible
  • Trayless Initiative
  • Waste Awareness Campaign
  • Elimination of Styrofoam
  • Corn base plastic and post-consumer recycling containers
  • Local purchasing program
  • Food inventory controls
  • Donate appropriate left overs to local food banks and shelters
  • Water service instead of bottled water
  • Energy conservation
  • Water and chemical efficiency
  • Reusable cleaning cloths
  • Preventative maintenance on equipment
  • Community farm and herb garden
  • Bulk purchasing to reduce packaging
  • Electric golf cart for small on campus deliveries
  • Grease filtering and recycling
  • Plastic, can, and cardboard recycling
  • Napkins made from 100% recycled fibers