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We're making it even easier to use our Reusable Takeout Containers

Each year, millions of disposable paper and styrofoam containers end up in landfills after just one use. As part of Cornell Dining's Sustainability Action Plan, in 2017 we began offering Reusable Takeout Containers so guests can help us reduce the use of single-use disposable containers.

This semester, we offered one free reusable container to every student meal plan holder whose meal plan includes meal swipes! Everyone else can purchase a container for a one-time fee of just $7.50.

Until now, you've been able to exchange your used container for a freshly sanitized one each time you come to a dining room for a takeout meal. 

You can return your used container any time -- and our staff will "check in" your container so you can "check out" a container the next time you come for a takeout meal. No need to make sure you're carrying it around all day when you want to come for a takeout meal.

Already have your one free reusable takeout container? You can keep using it as you have been, bringing it back each time for a fresh one. Or, return it at your convenience and pick up a new one when you're ready.

Don't have your one free reusable takeout container yet? For students on a meal plan with meal swipes, it's free! Just tell the door-checker you haven't gotten yours yet. Or, buy one for a one-time fee of just $7.50, using a credit card, Cornell Card, BRBs, or MealChoice. 

Need reusable utensils? We've got those, too! Just ask the door-checker. Once you have the reusable utensils, they're just plain yours. Wash them after use, and bring them with you to use at every meal.

Remember, reusable containers are not available at, and should not be brought to, Risley Dining Room or 104West! Thanks for helping us reduce the use of disposable takeout containers, and for helping us reduce what we send to the landfill!

About Cornell Dining

Cornell Dining is consistently ranked in the Princeton Review's top ten for best campus food among all colleges and universities in the country! That high rating comes from customer surveys, and reflects Cornell Dining's commitment to serving high-quality foods that are healthy and creatively prepared with genuine care for a diverse community. Cornell Dining operates over 30 on-campus eateries -- which include residential dining rooms, caf├ęs, coffeehouses, food courts, and convenience stores -- and serves more than 23,000 meals a day to members of the Cornell community. For more information, visit