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Reusable Takeout Containers on campus

Each year, millions of disposable paper and styrofoam containers end up in landfills after just one use. As part of Cornell Dining's Sustainability Action Plan, we're taking steps to reduce the use of single-use disposable containers. Guests who'd like to take their meals to go at several of our eateries have the option to use an Eco-Takeout reusable container.

Eco-Takeout Reusable ContainerThe reusable container has a one-time charge of just $7.50, and when you bring it back rinsed on your next visit, you can swap it for a freshly washed and sanitized reusable container for your next meal. You're welcome to buy yours at any of the participating eateries, and bring it back to any of the participating eateries.

Buy your Eco-Takeout reusable container with Big Red Bucks and there's no sales tax. Or, you can pay $7.50 plus tax on CornellCard, MealChoice, or any major credit card accepted at Cornell Dining eateries.

Our Eco-Takeout reusable containers are available for purchase and exchange at:

  • Okenshields, Ivy Room, and Straight from the Market on central campus
  • Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery and North Star Dining Room on north campus
  • Jansen's Dining Room in Hans Bethe House and Becker House Dining Room on west campus (lunch only)

West Campus dining rooms are not offering reusable takeout containers during the dinner meal period, as dinner is an important part of the living experience in the West Campus House System. We encourage you to dine with us in the evenings, so that you can get to know your neighbors and develop relationships that will last a lifetime.

For now, Cornell Dining is still making disposable takeout containers available at Okenshields (but not other dining rooms) for our customers who just wish to take their meal to go once in a while, and don't want to invest in a container they won't use often; for visitors to campus who won't be around to continue using the program; and for those who've forgotten to bring back their rinsed container to exchange.

Even when you're not on campus, these reusable containers are perfect for carrying food from home, going to a picnic, or heating up your leftovers. They're dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe.

Please remember to rinse your container as soon as you're done with your meal.

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