A huge push by officials at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette could bring big results to their goal of zero waste sustainability. According to a press release issued by the university, they are going to implement reusable green plastic "to-go" food boxes for every student who is on the school's official meal plan.

Beginning this spring, Cypress Lake Dining Hall, Lagniappe Cafe, and Cafe Fleur de Lis on campus will be serving meals in the recyclable "Good to Geaux" containers. And, the press release states "Instead of disposing containers into landfill bins, you will return empty Good to Geaux containers to one of five OZZI machines stationed at dining locations across campus. The containers will be washed and sanitized then used again for future meal service." And even if students aren't on the meal plan, they can still participate in the program by purchasing a container for $4.99.

Director of the school’s Office of Sustainability Gretchen LaCombe Vanicor told WBRZ in Baton Rouge “Good to Geaux is expected to keep about 225,000 disposable plastic containers out of waste streams each year, a significant stride in the University’s campus-wide push to produce zero waste."

Other food outlets on campus, including Chick-fil-A and McAlister's will continue to use their own branded boxes for take out containers. The University will send out further communication on the "Good to Geaux" program, and when it is expected to kick off in the coming weeks. Students are asked to keep an eye out for details.

 

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