College food services are ditching the trays we all used to use. In doing so, they are decreasing food waste, saving water and electricity. Good idea. Check it out:
Georgia Tech, enrollment 18,000, has saved 3,000 gallons of water per day without trays, she said.
The 50,000-student University of Florida estimates it will save 470,000 gallons annually. At the 2,000-student University of Maine at Farmington, which went trayless in February 2007, the tally is 288,000 gallons, said Aramark spokesman Dave Gargione….
Aramark conducted a study of 92,000 students, faculty and staff at 300 institutions and found that 79 percent indicated they would accept eating off plates instead of trays. Another Aramark study of 186,000 meals served at 25 institutions found that when trays weren’t used, food waste per person was reduced 25 percent to 30 percent.
In case you Animal House fans are concerned, the report closes with this:”Fortunately for Blutarsky, the University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union, where Belushi’s famous food fight scene was filmed at the ‘Fishbowl’ food court, still makes trays available.”