Campus to Try New To-Go Boxes

The current Syrofoam to-go boxes clog trash cans around campus. Photo by Kevin Burns.
The current Syrofoam to-go boxes clog trash cans around campus. Photo by Kevin Burns.

The Sustainability Committee has created a plan that will allow students to begin utilizing new reusable to-go boxes as soon as next semester.

The reasoning behind changing to-go boxes is an environmental one. “We use Styrofoam, which sucks for the environment because it does not compost,” said Sustainability Fellow Shane Hall. With a third of all College students using to-go boxes, the Styrofoam boxes are beginning to add up.

The Sustainability has been working on changing the type of to-go boxes for some time now, but as of Tuesday, Oct. 20, a concrete plan has been formed. As of this moment, the Sustainability Committee plans to implement a program that will allow students to take plastic, reusable to-go boxes from the Grab ’n Go or the Great Room, use them, and then bring them back so that Bon Appetit can clean them and they can be utilized by others.

Each plastic box has to be swiped out before being taken out and then swiped in when upon its return, if a box is not returned then a charge of $5 will be added to your student account until the box is returned. “Basically the system is in place so that you will be charged for every box you don’t return,” said Hall. Students will be responsible for ensuring that their box makes it back to either drop of location, the Grab ‘n Go or the Great Room, so that it may be cleaned by Bon Appetite and available for other students to reuse.

To see how well this system will work for St. Mary’s, the Sustainability Committee will run a piloted version of the system with a group of 200 participants, 180 student volunteers and 20 faculty and staff. If the program proves to be successful, then according to Sustainability Committee member junior Nathan Beall it could be implemented as soon as next semester.

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