Dining services at Boston College will this fall introduce a new layer in its sustainability efforts: reusable takeout containers.
The containers will make their debut at the school’s Stuart Dining Hall, The Heights reports.
To combat theft of the to-go boxes, the school will use a token system by which students who pay $8 to join the Green 2 Go program will receive tokens that they can them redeem for containers. Once used, they will return a container to a particular register and receive another token. If a student loses a box or token, they can buy their way back into the program for another $8.
Not only will this provide students with an alternative to disposable containers, BC Dining also hopes it will curb lost silverware and china. Each year, “thousands of sets” go missing from the school’s foodservice, according to The Heights.
About 60% of food purchased in BC dining halls is taken to go, Julianne Stelmaszyk, manager of regional and sustainable food systems for the foodservice program, told the media outlet.
Read the full story via The Heights.