Reusable food containers for Niagara University

Reusable food containers for Niagara University

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Sustainabilty Niagara started this petition to Niagara University administrators

NU at the beginning of the Fall '20 semester used reusable containers but this program has been abandoned due to unclear reasons. What they have opted for is the one-time use styrofoam containers. The styrofoam used for these containers is only recyclable at certain plants, the closest of which is 25 minutes away, an unreasonable expectation for students who don’t have reliable transportation or who have classes during the day. Think about how many students take food out of the dining hall, multiple meals per day, especially during COVID when not all students feel comfortable dining in. Though waste was created by disposing of the reusable containers as part of the free program, infinitely more waste is created by the styrofoam, so it becomes clear that the issue was never waste, but the perception of wasted money spent on those containers.  The volume of students using styrofoam takeout containers, for multiple meals a day, builds up quickly.  An obvious solution would be to dine in, but students should not be required to sacrifice safety from COVID in order to create an environmentally stable environment, especially considering how few students accurately complete their daily medical check-ins.  By signing this petition, you agree that Niagara University and Metz should reinstate the free washable takeout container program due to the reasons stated above.  To account for the students that dispose of the reusable containers, brief but mandatory education needs to be provided on how to use the containers, return them properly, and why doing so is important.

 

We call on the administration to bring back the washable container program, complete with brief education for students on how to use them, return them, and why they are important!

 

 

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