Going Trayless: College Cafeterias Dump Food Trays
Something familiar will be missing when students buy meals at many college dining halls this fall: trays.
In a bid to discourage food waste and decrease energy use at all-you-can-eat campus cafeterias, dozens of college dining services — from New York University to University of Minnesota (to the University of Michigan-Flint's new cafeteria) — are giving trays the heave.
Some campuses that already have tested the concept report food waste declines of up to 50%. Then, there's the thousands of dollars in energy savings when trays don't need washing.