Dining Services using new compostable takeout containers
To support sustainability and eco-conscious initiatives, Virginia Tech Dining Services is working with a local company, Terravive, to provide compostable serviceware such as straws, cutlery, cups, takeout containers, bowls, plates, and bags. These products will reduce Dining Services' environmental impact and support the university's Climate Action Commitment by offering innovative and eco-friendly solutions to the Hokie community.
Reaching sustainability goals
Virginia Tech Dining Services has made significant strides in maintaining a sustainable environment within a residential dining program. Dining Services currently sends upwards of 400 tons of compost annually to Royal Oak Farm, a local composting site that Virginia Tech partners with for waste management. Implementing the new product lines will allow Virginia Tech Dining Services to dispose of to-go containers more easily.
“Dining Services is committed to helping the university meet our Climate Action commitment tenets,” said Emily Williams, sustainability manager for Dining Services, “Part of that commitment means diverting waste from our landfills, sourcing locally, reducing transportation miles, and being good stewards of our land and our community.”
Using sugar to better the environment
Using natural resources, the compostable serviceware are made from upcycled sugar cane fiber sourced within the United States. The sugar byproduct, which resembles dried hay, is thoroughly processed to meet high-quality standards while remaining entirely plant based.
“These containers are sourced from a local business. All of their products are made in the U.S.,” said Williams, “They're BPI [Biodegradable Products Institute] certified for compostability as well as home compostable, they're ocean and river degradable, and in general they're environmentally friendly.”
The future for Dining Services
Dining Services constantly to take steps toward a more sustainable and eco-conscious future. By embracing innovative solutions and supporting local businesses, this collaboration sets a positive example for institutions and businesses worldwide.