Western Food Service is proud of the many efforts made as we strive to become a sustainable food service operation. Examples include:
Reusable To-Go Containers
We offer the option to have your take-out food put into a reusable to-go container that should be returned to the tray return station after use. All containers are washed and sanitized for another use, much like a plate, fork, or spoon.
The Union Market offers discounted beverage pricing on all reusable coffee and cold beverage mugs.
Western purchases all of our coffee from Just Coffee in Madison. It is local, organic, and fair trade.
Western Waste Stream and Food Dehydrator
Western’s kitchen tracks all pre-consumer waste, funneling it into three different streams:
- We send specific items to Hillview to be turned into vermicompost.
- We donate to the Salvation Army when good quality food is coming to the end of its life cycle.
- Lastly, we use a state-of-the art food dehydrator to break down the remaining waste. This organic matter either goes into the City’s compost pile or over to our greenhouses to be mixed in with regular soil for various uses around campus.