Penn State is serious about reducing waste and protecting the environment. Recycling bins are located in or near all dining commons, cafes, and eateries on campus. In 2008, Food Services began collecting plastic (#4 LDPE) to expand its recycling efforts. Learn more on how to conserve resources and reduce waste at the University's Sustainability site.

Food Services recycles:

  • Recycle metal cans, plastic bottles, newspaper and mixed office paper, glass bottles, corrugated cardboard and plastic film
  • Purchase napkins made from 100% recycled fiber and a Bleach-free process. EPA Compliant (Minimum 90% Post Consumer Content)
  • Compost used napkins and kitchen scraps to enhance soil used in landscaping projects on campus
  • Sponsor a Student Sustainability Coordinator position to help educate/train students and staff on sustainable practices
  • Provide Starbucks Fair Trade/Organic Coffee
  • Support local vendor purchasing
  • Support the Hospitaility Management Cafe Laura program by purchasing home grown vegetables
  • Support paperless communication practices
  • Provide incentive for guests to refill mugs and bottles
  • Compost leftover food
  • Work with Waste Not student club to donate/distribute leftover food to needy charities in State College
  • Participate on the Penn State Sustainability Team
  • Green2Go containers are available in all of the dining halls for take out meals