University of Calgary

Eco-Container exchange program

UToday HomeDecember 8, 2011

By Sue Reczka

As part of its commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its operations, University of Calgary Food Services has introduced an eco-friendly alternative to disposable take-out containers in the Dining Centre. Students, staff and faculty who use the Eco-Container program will receive a free meal for every nine meals purchased under the program.

Program users can buy a $5 “green” membership at the Dining Centre, which essentially pays for a container. The membership card is exchanged at any of the food stations at the Dining Centre for meals served in a re-usable Eco-Container. Used containers are returned to the Dining Centre in exchange for a clean, sanitized container for the next meal.

“We’re thrilled to be able to introduce the program at the Dining Centre and hope we can extend it to other food locations on campus in the future. It’s a great way to do our part to advance campus sustainability”, says Voula Cocolakis, executive director, Residence and Ancillary Services.

Containers are reusable, recyclable (#5), made of durable polypropylene (BPA free), break-resistant, commercial dishwasher safe, microwave safe and have antimicrobial protection to inhibit growth of stain and odour causing bacteria.

Get more information on the program visit