Skip the Tray
Not only does this waste resources and promote the use of pesticides and fertilizers for food that will never be eaten, but as food decays in landfills it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Food in landfills is responsible for about 25% of methane emissions in the U.S.
Food waste is the second largest contributor to the total US municipal solid waste stream and accounted for almost 14 percent of the total.
Saving just 15 percent of wasted food could feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans lacks a secure supply of food.
Going trayless in the Heilman Dining Center is a great way to reduce food waste on campus. By taking only what you need, you can contribute to a decrease in food waste. Approximately 137 pounds of food are kept out of the landfill every trayless day. Skip the tray and help us reduce food waste on campus!
When you skip the tray, please remember to remove all your dishes from your table when you are done. Want to share your trayless dining experience? Post a picture of your meal with #TraylessUR. Thank you for helping us take steps towards more sustainable dining.