Reusable containers in, BYO mugs out during COVID dining services operations

Cornell Dining December 8, 2020
As part of Cornell Dining's Sustainability Action Plan,guests who'd like to take their meals to go have the option to use an Eco-Takeout reusable container as several campus locations. | Photo: Cornell Dining

Each year, millions of disposable paper and styrofoam containers end up in landfills after just one use. As part of Cornell Dining's Sustainability Action Plan, we're taking steps to reduce the use of single-use disposable containers, especially as takeout meals have become a vital part of staying safe this year. This fall, disposable takeout containers are available at all of our dining rooms, but all are encouraged to purchase a reusable takeout container (just $7.50) and bring it back, rinsed, on each visit to one of our residential dining rooms.

Reusable cutlery sets are also available at Bear Necessities and Jansen's Market! And we’ve expanded the Reusable Container and Utensil program into additional residential dining rooms. We’ve issued nearly 800 reusable containers to date with a heavy promotional push planned for January arrivals

Due to COVID concerns, we've suspended our reusable mug program at our coffee shops for now. Reusable takeout containers are not available at and should not be brought to Risley Dining Room (which is certified gluten-free, peanut-free, and tree-nut-free) or 104West! (which is certified kosher) due to cross-contamination concerns.

Even when you're not on campus, these reusable containers are perfect for carrying food from home, going to a picnic, or heating up your leftovers. They're dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe.

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