Rutgers encourages reusable takeout bags

Move hopes to reduce some of the 1.5 million plastic bags used last year.

Sept. 19—In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic bags used when serving students food at takeout, Rutgers University Dining Services gave out black canvas reusable bags for free at the start of the semester, but is now charging $1 per bag.

More than 1.5 million plastic bags were handed out through takeout at the dining halls last year alone, according to the Dining Services website. While the bags were originally given out for free, a fee has been added for those who choose to reduce the use of plastic bags.