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Sustainable Dining on Campus


  • Reduce plastic waste through the elimination of plastic bags by the end of the fall semester
  • Full implementation of the reusable container program
  • Develop a food waste reduction strategy


Reusable Takeout Containers

Purchase: $5 refundable deposit* for a reusable container. This is a one-time charge and all forms of payment are accepted (cash, credit/debit, Wolfie Wallet, Dining Dollars).

Use it: Fill your container to take food out at East Side Dine-in, West Side Dine-in and Roth Food Court...Enjoy!

Bring it back: Exchange for a clean container.

Just like a library card, you’ll use your card to check out your reusable takeout container with a cashier and if you are not exchanging it for a clean container, return it to a cashier to swipe it back onto your card.

Reusable takeout containers are for use at both dine-in locations and Roth Food Court. We will continue to offer single use plastic takeout containers in East Side Dine-In, West Side Dine-In & the Roth Food Court.

*$5 will be refunded when you are finished using the program and turn in a container.

See a cashier at East/West Side Dine-In or the Roth Food Court to get started.


Reusable Tote Bags

Suffolk County Law now requires convenience stores to charge 5 cents for single-use bags.

Reusable tote bags are available for purchase at the East Side Dining Emporium and the West Side Dining C-Store for $1.99 each. We encourage you to be sustainable and bring a reusable tote.


Corn Straws

Plastic straws end up in the ocean primarily when left on beaches, from littering or they are blown out of trash cans, boats or vehicles. In addition, plastic straws end up in landfills, crowding them and adding unnecessary waste. It is estimated that in the United States, five million single-use plastic straws are used every day, which is why many organizations are searching for more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives that will not pollute our oceans.

Starting August 1st, all Campus Dining locations except Starbucks will begin using the new PLA (Polylactic acid) straws. These straws are biodegradable and made out of corn starch, which is a renewable resource, unlike traditional plastic straws which are made from petroleum. The cost of the corn straws is about the same as plastic straws. Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws by 2020 and dispense paper straws upon request; however, strawless lids are already in place for the cold foam beverages at the on campus Starbucks locations.

We recognize that there are people with disabilities and corn allergies that need straws, and that these straws cannot be used with hot beverages, so plastic straws will be available upon request.


Strawless Lids at Starbucks

Starbucks cold foam cold brew

All cold brew drinks feature strawless lids (pictured above) at on campus Starbucks locations.

Starbucks will eliminate all plastic straws from its stores around the world by 2020. See article below for more information:

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