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Waste Reduction

bc dining sustainability

An important component of BC Dining sustainability is improving water and energy efficiency, minimizing food waste, and cutting down on disposable paper and plastic use. The following programs have been implemented to lessen BC Dining’s environmental footprint and to help students make more environmentally-conscious decisions in the dining hall.

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Single-use Paper and Plastic Reduction



Our Choose2Reuse campaign educates students about the impact of single-use paper and plastic products on the planet. Our dining units sell an array of Choose2Reuse items which can be purchased on the mandatory meal plan, including a reusable bamboo utensils set, cloth bags, metal water bottles and foldable metal drinking straws.

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The Green2Go reusable to-go container program will be expanding to Lower, Addie’s and Start dining halls in the fall of 2019! Students may buy into the G2G program on the meal plan, then use the reusable containers all year long. G2G gives students the convenience of dining on-the-move without causing extra paper and plastic waste! You can learn more on the G2G page.

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Reusable Mug Program

Students can save money and reduce waste with BC Dining’s Reusable Mug Discount Program. Bring any sized reusable mug or bottle to all self serve stations at our dining halls and only pay for a small sized beverage for all fountain drinks, coffee, and tea products. All dining locations have filtered water spigots to refill reusable water bottles.

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Reusable Dishes

All dining locations offer reusable china and silverware for students eating on campus. These products are washed and sanitized after each use and help reduce the amount of disposable paper products discarded at BC. 

Our #SaveTheForks Campaign reminds students in self-sort dining halls to take care not to throw away or take home the metal silverware or china plates. Protecting our reusable dishes and silverware is an important part of minimizing waste!


If you have dining hall plates in your dorm, you can return them to the plate drop off area at your dining hall. The Environmental Eagle describes the plate recovery campaign.  The "environmentalist spotlight" features the General Manager of Corcoran, Derrick Cripps, and his quest to lead sustainability efforts.

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Straw Policy

In the spring of 2019 BC Dining moved to an “out of sight, out of mind” policy in regard to plastic straws. Straws have not been banned, but rather have been moved from the drink station to the register. Students are still able to ask for straws at the register for no extra cost. The new policy merely removes the extra waste that comes from mindlessly grabbing a straw just because it is available. Through our Choose2Reuse campaign we now sell foldable metal straws.

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World Centric Burrito Bowls

BC Dining sources our burrito bowls from World Centric, a carbon neutral company that donates 25% of profits to social and environmental organizations. By using World Centric’s compostable products, BC Dining reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfill.


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Food Waste


Lean Path

Each dining hall on campus features the Lean Path program, which allows extra food to be weighed regularly in order to keep data on sources of food waste. Based on Lean Path data, BC Dining units have made changes to the presentation of food and the amount prepared in order to reduce waste.

Energy Efficiency

BC Dining considers its energy impact and is dedicated to reducing water and energy consumption.  We actively research technologies to increase efficiency when replacing foodservice equipment and purchase Energy Star or equivalently rated equipment whenever feasible.

BC Dining has taken the following steps to reduce consumption:

  • We have replaced two dish machines recently, cutting water and consumption by 50 percent.  The equipment is manufacturered and serviced by a local vendor
  • We run dish machines only during peak hours to conserve utilities and cleaning products
  • Vendors are required to shut off engines during deliveries to decrease gas emissions and noise levels
  • To save energy, we turn the vending machine lights off