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Dining Services

What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. It is largely about the environment, but also how are social and economic behaviors intertwine with it.

It's What We Do.

Each dining facility on campus uses compostable materials:

  • cups (hot & cold)
  • beverage lids & straws
  • carry-out containers
  • all utensils
  • soup bowls
  • sandwich wraps and cookie bags  

Each dining facility also recycles bottles, cans and cardboard. Limiting the amount of waste going to any landfill should be a priority and within UD's Dining Services, employees are trained to sort food waste, recyclables and compostables, to ensure accurate disposal.

And now introducing our zero waste containers!


 Did You Know?

  • UD Dining started using compostables in 2009 and has successfully diverted several tons of waste from going to the landfill!
  • Dining Services' three largest dining facilities use GoZero to haul all compostable waste materials to a commercial facility. 
  • Because compostable items cost significantly more than other non- ecofriendly items, students are asked to contribute $.10 per to-go container and $.05 per utensil.
  • Students can help promote sustainability efforts by choosing real items (plates, silverware, etc.) when dining in. Washing and re-using items is better for the environment than purchasing more compostable items, which require more energy and resources to produce.


How You Can Help!

You can do your part by supporting the University in its sustainable steps and urging movement forward by:

  • Dining in! There is a $.10 charge on compostable to-go containers. Instead, use a real plate and return any food waste to the tray return in the dining venues to be composted.
  • Try out any of our local products that support the partnerships we are making in the community.
  • Learning about UD's 3- part disposal system so that you are aware of what should be composted, recycled and thrown into the garbage.
  • Using a refillable water bottle/mug for your beverage throughout the day.
  • Going meatless! Decreasing meat consumption, even once a week, can greatly decrease your carbon footprint. By choosing plant based meals, you will be able to easily make delicious and environmentally conscious meal decisions. 

Dining Services

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0404