When Sonja Olson walks amid the Hostess products, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, pizza and Mexican food for sale in the Husky Den, she is never comfortable buying food. No matter what she eats for lunch, her entree will be served on a paper plate, her beverage in a disposable container and her utensils will be thrown away. “It just seems like a huge waste,” said Olson, a biology junior. “Think of everyone who eats there and how much could be saved if there was an alternative to disposable products. ”Olson is just one of thousands of students who eat at the HUB or By George and end up looking the other way when they finish lunch. On a typical day, about 7,000 to 9,000 people eat at the HUB and another 3,000 to 3,500 students eat at By George. Some might feel a pang of guilt when tossing that paper plate and cup into the large brown trash cans already overflowing with disposables.With the exception of special food-service refill mugs, all food and beverages sold in the Husky Den and By George are served on paper plates. Flatware is an alternative usually, but not in the Husky Den Atrium.
UW Housing and Food Services willing to consider more environmentally friendly programs
April 18, 1997