Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Virginia Tech
OP-T2-11: Reusable Container Discounts

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Rial Tombes
Sustainability Coordinator
Dining Services
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Does campus dining operations offer discounts to customers who use reusable mugs instead of disposable cups in to-go food service operations?:

A brief description of the reusable mug program:

Fall of 2010 marked the beginning of Dining Services’ reusable bottle program. We sell our water bottles at Owens Food Court for cash or flex (dining) dollars, and offer a $0.10 discount for fountain beverages and free water for any individual that presents the bottles at the register. The bottles are stainless steel for easy cleaning and sanitizing, and possess a drinking surface separate from the filling surface in order to prevent the spread of germs. They are printed with our logo and are the only approved container for this use in the dining centers. Over the course of a four year college stay at Virginia Tech, it is estimated that the bottles could save a student over $80 when used for soda and keep 11 pounds of waste out of the landfill per person.

Amount of the discount offered for using reusable mugs:

Description of other reusable food- or beverage-related programs (e.g. incentives for use of reusable bags, dishware, to-go containers):

The website URL where information about the reusable mug discount program is available:
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