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Sustainability

R'2Go Reusable Boxes

R'2GO, with support from UCR Sustainability and Green Campus Action Plan(GCAP) UCR , launched in the Winter Quarter of 2021 in the Glasgow and Lothian Residential Restaurants. The reusable container program helps Highlanders make everyday decisions that support the planet. Even in an academic year with a decreased Residential population due to COVID restrictions, the Residential Dining program was still producing approximately one-thousand meals per day, which means one-thousand to-go boxes thrown in the trash. Implementing R'2GO meant meaningfully reducing Dining's carbon footprint on campus — up to 60 metric tons over the course of a full year — by asking Residents to return their containers to marked receptacles for intensive cleaning* and reuse after enjoying their meals. This is similar to taking 13 cars off the road and disappearing fourteen tons of trash — enough to fill 157 dumpsters!

R'2GO built off UCR Dining's "bagless" initiative earlier in Winter 2021, which discontinued single-use plastic bags in Residential Dining in favor of reusable bags.

UCR Dining is actively evaluating R'2GO for Spring 2021 and is determining and how to continue the program in Fall 2021 as more students return to campus.

*A Note On Sanitation Procedures

UCR Dining closely adheres to procedures, policies, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH). We use heat-sanitizing commercial dish machines that meet stringent testing and sanitation standards from NSF International as well as  the California Retail Code (CalCode). In addition to UCR Dining internal procedures, public health experts have offered recent guidance regarding the safety of reusable customer items. As of December 2020, the CDC says that “the risk of getting sick with COVID-19 from eating or handling food… and food packages is considered very low” and “currently, no cases of COVID-19 have been identified where infection was thought to have occurred by touching food, food packaging, or shopping bags."

Join Norm the Navel in creating a more sustainable UCR!

Watch Norm demo our new R'2GO program.

 
Sustainability Globe Recycle

Waste Diversion is a top priority for Dining and we take seriously every opportunity to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE AND COMPOST.

We strive for zero net waste and are focused on eliminating single-use plastics.

We are actively and aggressively engaged with the corporate offices of third party tenants to reduce the amount of single-use plastic to-go containers offered at venues, including the following:

  • ✓ CBTL
  • ✓ CHRONIC TACOS
  • ✓ THE HABIT
  • ✓ HIBACHI-SAN
  • ✓ PANDA EXPRESS
  • ✓ SUBWAY

At the same time, we continue to optimize our operations at residential restaurants, coffee shops, catering, convenience stores, and a food truck to ensure we are fulfilling our sustainability mission.

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We always strive to do more! Please contact us with your sustainability ideas at diningservices@ucr.edu.