The dining halls are back tackling the big issue of food waste and helping to educate our new crop of UCSC Slugs! A new style of service was introduced this fall in an attempt to help minimize uneaten food scraps being sent to the compost facility--think zero waste! Many of the hot food service lines were converted from "self service" to "staff served" plates.
It appears to be working after the first plate-waste food audit at Porter/Kresge dining hall during lunch on October 16. The amount of uneaten food was reduced from a previous 2.4 oz per plate to 1.7 oz per plate!
This might not seem like a big deal, but the dining halls are serving 25,000 meals a day! Yes, UCSC's dining halls are all-you-care-to-enjoy, however we are still delivering the consistent message: "take what you like, but eat what you take!" Congratulations to our dining halls and thank you for supporting our campus-wide goal of moving towards zero waste!