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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 19, 2011

Northwest Campus Dining introduces reusable containers

Reusable containers

Reusable containers like this one are now available at Northwest Campus Dining locations.

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Students and employees at Northwest Missouri State University campus this week are finding a new addition to their list of campus essentials: a reusable food container for use at the Bearcat Food Court. 

ARAMARK Higher Education, the dining service provider for Northwest is introducing the Green ThreadTM to-go container program at many of the campuses it serves, diverting more than 2 million disposables from landfills during the 2009-2010 school year. 

"Through our Green ThreadTM environmental stewardship platform, we are continuing to look for ways to reduce our environmental impact," said Tina Lankas, senior food service director at Northwest. "The reusable to-go container program is another initiative in our ongoing plan to strive toward zero waste and support the sustainability goals of Northwest."

Students and employees may join the initiative by purchasing a reusable container for $5 with any cashier. Participants will then receive a key tag to be exchanged for a reusable container. Containers may be used at Good4U, Salad Garden, WOK and Cranberry Farms. After using the container, diners can return it to The Station or the Food Court. At that time, they will have the choice to take a clean reusable container or a key tag to exchange for a reusable container at a later time.

ARAMARK piloted the reusable containers at several campuses last year, including Baylor University (Texas), University of Florida, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Peace College (N.C.) and Salem College (N.C.). Since implementing the reusable containers in fall 2008, Baylor University reduced disposable container usage by 40 percent. 

"Student feedback from the pilot program was very positive," said Michael Leone, senior vice president for ARAMARK Higher Education. "Everyone on campus immediately understood the reduction in landfill waste, when compared with a traditional, disposable container. Our program also commits to recycling these reusable products at the end of their useful life." 

For more information about the reusable container program, contact Campus Dining at 660.562.2555, send an e-mail to or visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468