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Reusable To-Go Container Program in place for fall semester 2018

Reusable To-Go Container Program in place for fall semester 2018
Published: August 14, 2018 Author: Staff reports

Following a successful pilot program in Spring 2018, Culinary Services is proud to announce the permanent implementation of a Reusable To-Go Container program to promote sustainability in the residential Dining Courts.

How it Works


Beginning Thursday, Aug. 23, customers may purchase a green Reusable To-Go Container from any checker stand in our three residential Dining Courts (The District on West Green, Nelson Court and Shively Court). Containers have a one-time cost of $5 and can be used throughout your career at Ohio University. You are not required to hold a meal plan to buy into the program, and this payment may be made using Flex Points, cash, Bobcat Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.


Once inside the Dining Court with your Reusable To-Go Container, select from a variety of food options and ensure that your container is properly closed before taking your meal with you to your next destination. When choosing to take your meal to-go, you will have the option to take a napkin, plastic utensils and a compostable cup with a lid.

Remove & Return

There’s no need to wash your container, just remove any large food debris before returning your container at one of our designated drop-off locations: all Residential Dining Courts, Boyd Market, Nelson Market or West 82. Customers who return containers at Boyd Market, Nelson Market or West 82 will receive a key tag which can be redeemed for a clean container in any residential Dining Court. Those who return containers at any residential Dining Court may choose to receive either a key tag or a clean container to be used immediately.

Customers who choose not to participate in the Reusable To-Go Container program may either eat in the Dining Court or purchase a single-use compostable box for $0.50.

For more information on the Reusable To-Go Container program, please visit ohio.edu/food.

Origin of the Program

The Reusable To-Go Container program was piloted with 300 students during spring semester 2018. Results from the program were overwhelmingly positive with an overall satisfaction rate of 85 percent. Ninety four percent of surveyed students suggested the implementation of the Reusable To-Go Container program. The decision to implement reusable containers in place of single-use compostable boxes was supported by Student Senate and the Culinary Services Development Committee (CSDC).

Students interested in joining CSDC are welcome to attend monthly meetings to provide feedback and discuss issues with Ohio University Culinary Services. The first meeting will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Shively Court. For more information, please visit ohio.edu/food/about/dsdc.cfm.