PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

Green2Go Program To Revamp After Tough Semester

The Green2Go container program, Penn State’s environmentally friendly alternative to Styrofoam carryout containers, expected to serve as a cost-efficient way to mitigate the effects of waste output caused by the old containers in the dining commons on campus. Unfortunately, the initiative hasn’t gone according to plan.

The program utilizes a reusable container that can be carried out with a meal from any of the five dining commons. The Green2Go container is available for purchase from the cashier at the entrance to the dining commons for $5. When you’re done with the box, you can return it for a carabiner, which can be exchanged for either a refund or a new fresh box.

The Green2Go program first launched in Spring 2014 after Pollock Dining Commons piloted the eco-friendly switch from Styrofoam. Since then, the program has extended to all dining commons on campus — even becoming the only carryout option in South Food District at the start of the fall semester.

8,000 Green2Go containers were used during the first semester, but of those 8,000, only 1,100 were returned. The containers not returned likely have ended up “under the bed or in a landfill,” said Jim Richard, Interim Director of Residential Dining. “That’s not the point of the program.”

With the program in a state of flux, Penn State needed to head back to the drawing board.

Green2Go will continue, but with some revamping. The choice to use the Green2Go container will once again become voluntary, and the signs around South Food District advertising the Green2Go container as the only option are expected to come down in the next week.

“Those using the container are the ones who believe in the program,” said Jim Meinecke, Residential Dining Coordinator. “Some don’t mind paying $5 each time to get a container.”

There wasn’t a problem in the past with containers not being returned in Redifer when there were both reusable and Styrofoam, but switching solely to Green2Go containers may have forced those without interest in the program to use them. The program’s directors believe the switch back to voluntary usage will increase return rates.

The containers will not see a decrease in use in the other dining halls on campus. In fact, Green2Go is looking for an expansion in the near future into the à la carte services such as the Big Onion in East or North’s Bluespoon Market.

Even with the option to not use the Green2Go container, Styrofoam containers won’t be used at South or any other dining halls on campus starting in Fall 2016. Instead, the commons will search for a more eco-friendly material to use in their non-reusable containers to promote this green initiative.

Despite early hiccups, Richard and Meinecke have high hopes for the program’s future.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

Comments

Penn State Launches National Center For Greek Life Research And Reform

The university has pledged at least $2 million toward the multidisciplinary center’s establishment, and a fundraising campaign aims to raise $3 million in private support with $3 million in matching funds from Penn State.

Penn State Athletics To Host Town Halls On Football Traffic & Parking

Football season ticket holders are invited to town hall meetings to learn about parking and traffic changes for next season.

Send this to a friend