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Zero Waste Catering

University Catering offers great options for catering customers who want to reduce their waste at events. Below are helpful resources and reusable options to make your event more sustainable.

OptionsServicesSustainable DetailsHow to Dispose
Paperware Eating Utensils and PlatesComes standard with ordersBiodegradable materialsPlace items in the Zero Waste Disposal Bin.*
ScrollwareComes as an upgrade to paperwareRecyclable materialScrape food into a Zero Waste Disposal Bin* and dispose of Scrollware in recycle bin.
China/SilverwareComes as an upgrade to ScrollwareReusable materialsCatering staff will dispose of food into a Zero Waste Disposal Bin* and wash China/silverware for reuse.
Bulk Menu OrdersOrders are packaged in cardboard boxes, plastic bags and containersRecyclable materialScrape food into a Zero waste Disposal Bin* and dispose of all packaging materials in appropriate recycling receptacles.
Drop off/Pick Up OrdersOrders are packaged in aluminum or plastic containers and traysAluminum containers are recyclable. Plastic containers and trays are recyclable or reusableScrape food into a Zero Waste Disposal Bin* and dispose of all packaging materials in appropriate recycling receptacles. Serving utensils may be washed and reused or recycled.
Zero Waste Coffee & Tea ServicePlease ask your sales representative for this option.Sugar packets are recyclable and creamers are placed in carafes. Wooden stir sticks are biodegradable.Catering staff will dispose of the waste in the proper bins and wash containers. Wooden stir sticks can be disposed of in a Zero Waste Disposal Bin.*

All other requests, please contact your catering representative for assistance.

How to Obtain a Zero Waste Disposal Bin

To reserve a Zero Waste Disposal Bin, contact Facilities at (805)756-5555.

Have Enough Recycling Bins Available

Where ever you plan to have your event, make sure there are enough recycling bins available for proper disposal. Please contact Facilities for assistance at (805)756-5555.

Local Foods

We are proud to offer a variety of locally sourced foods from our bountiful and rich farming areas, whenever possible. We support several local farms and artisans, including:

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