Based upon student feedback, it was suggested that our dining facilities become more sustainable. As a result, Mark Twain Market, Rollins, Paviolion at Dobbs, and Plaza 900 now feature trayless dining.
Over the past couple of years, students requested that Campus Dining Services go trayless in the residential dining facilities. With support and encouragement from members of the Missouri Student Association (MSA) and the Residence Hall Association (RHA), all four all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities are trayless (with trays provided for those with disabilities and/or who need a tray) in Fall 2011.
Conserve Energy and Natural Resources
Nearly 20% of all warewashing is dedicated to the cleaning, sanitizing and drying of trays. According to Hobart® dish machine representatives, Mizzou would save nearly 100,000 gallons of fresh, potable water each year in a trayless environment.
Reduce Chemical Use
Campus Dining Services could reduce usage of detergents, sanitizers and wetting agents by 10-15% with the elimination of trays.
Reduce Food Waste
A recent Mizzou study showed that trayless dining resulted in a reduction of food waste by nearly 26%. At MU this translates into almost 65 TONS of food and beverages diverted from landfills and sewers.
Make Healthy Choices and Prevent Weight Gain
Guests who dine trayless are likely to eat less due to their increased awareness of food and portion sizes.
Colleges and universities with trayless dining found that customer satisfaction is higher with meals served without trays than with trays. In this restaurant-like environment, customers eat their food without delay, thereby increasing the taste, quality and satisfaction of menu choices.
Pilot Program and Positive Feedback
During Summer Welcome 2011, Mizzou ran a pilot program at Rollins Dining with incoming freshmen and their families. What was the result? First-year students voiced overwhelming support and encouragement for trayless dining.
Over 600 colleges and universities have gone trayless. This includes a majority of colleges/universities in the Big 12 Conference and many other private and public institutions.
Walk the Talk
We live our values when we demonstrate an on-going commitment to make a positive environmental impact. It is the right thing to do!