Zero Waste Dining
Dining has implemented R2GO boxes-- reusable meal containers-- in the Glasgow and Lothian Residential Restaurants. Residents can take a meal home, and then return the R2GO box to a receptacle near the Residential Restaurants. From there, the boxes will be thoroughly cleaned and placed back in the dining process.
This prevents waste and eliminated the need for single-use items. Click here for more information.
Food Recovery Program
As an effort to combat food insecurity and food waste at UCR, Dining Services established a food recovery program with local food banks by donating unused food to Inland Harvest. From 2018 to 2019, about 30,000 pounds of surplus food was donated to Inland Harvest where the volunteers distribute the food to about 50 local non-profit agencies in the Inland Empire region.
Dining Services also donates pre-packaged salads and sandwiches to the R’Pantry, the on-campus food recovery program, every year. In 2018, the R’Pantry received 5,180 donation items from Dining that was then distributed to needy students. For more information on the R’Pantry, visit https://basicneeds.ucr.edu/rpantry.
Like many universities, UCR went trayless in 2012 in an effort to reduce food waste by at least 5% within the year (which was accomplished by campus wide decrease of 45% in organic waste in 2013). By not providing trays to those dining at the residence halls, students receive meals in smaller portions which results in less unwanted food being wasted because they couldn’t finish the portion they took with a tray.