Catawba College’s cafeteria will no longer use paper, Styrofoam and some plastics

After a student survey in March, 93% of students requested more sustainable practices.

SALISBURY, N.C.—Catawba College’s cafeteria is going paperless.

In an effort to become more sustainable, Chartwells food service has announced that its service at Catawba will no longer be using paper, Styrofoam and some plastics. Director of Dining Services Jason Ritter said the move came after a survey of the student body in March. When asked about improvements Chartwells could make on Catawba’s campus, 93 percent of students requested more sustainable practices, Ritter said.

This isn’t the first move that Chartwells has made towards sustainability, Ritter said. In 2013 the cafeteria began composting leftovers, and the program was incredibly successful. Part of the compost is now used on Catawba’s sustainable garden.

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