UI’s Hillcrest Dining hall may switch to tray-less dining

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The University of Iowa plans to eliminate the use of trays in the Hillcrest Dining Hall this semester.

Using trays causes an increase in water waste, since the trays have to be cleaned in addition to plates and silverware. It also causes an increase in food waste because students who use trays tend to fill the trays with more food than they can consume.

Iowa State University already switched to tray-less dining. This change caused a 39 percent reduction in food waste.

Read an opinion article about the benefits of tray-less dining here.

About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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