Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of Maryland, College Park
OP-T2-12: Reusable To-Go Containers

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Sally DeLeon
Acting Manager
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
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Does campus dining operations provide reusable containers for to-go food that are returned for cleaning and reuse?:
Yes

A brief description of the reusable to-go container program:

UMD-DS began a pilot for reusable carryout containers in November, 2011, which continues to expand. During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday, UMD-DS sent postcards redeemable for one free reusable carryout container to each student with a residential meal plan. Students were able to redeem for their first reusable carryout container. The department also partnered with student groups, including the Residential Hall Association and Peed Education Volunteer Program, to inform students about the containers, raffle off additional containers, and develop an educational video on how to participate in the program. Since implementation, UMD-DS has seen a 29% increase in reusable carryout program participation from 1,662 uses during the pilot, 26,007 uses in the spring 2012 semester, and 33,596 uses in the fall 2012 semester.


The website URL where information about the reusable to-go container program is available:

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