Sunday, November 30, 2008

Student opinion: Trayless Tuesdays

On Trayless Tuesdays, residents are hit the hardest because they eat most frequently in the dining hall. I know that I almost dread going to eat in the dining hall Tuesdays because there will be no trays. I know it may be a good thing for the environment, but I'm not fond of that extra trip to get a drink - unless I can manage to balance everything in one trip.

But is it really helping the environment and we should just deal with the inconvenience or have other problems arisen as a result?

Senior resident Anne Marie Barrett gives her thoughts on Trayless Tuesdays (transcribed from video interview):

"...there have been more spills, more breaking of plates than I have ever seen because of trayless Tuesdays. And I would like to know if they really are conserving water. How much water they are conserving? And how much money they have to spend on paper towels to pick up the messes and plates that have been broken?"

Barrett also says that she sometimes sees paper plates, which she thinks is just as wasteful.

"So, it’s like why would we have paper plates on trayless Tuesdays when you know, we’re trying to help the environment. It’s just – I don’t know – kind of seems like a contradiction."

Barrett explains what it's like on Trayless Tuesdays...

1 comment:

  1. Trayless Tuesdays have become Trayless Everydays.

    I don't see a point in cutting out trays some days, and then frequently throughout the week, cutting out chinaware altogether. I mean, paper plates, little wimpy paper dixie cups, paper bowls, plastic silverware, no trays--EVERYTHING DISPOSABLE.

    Saving the environment? Huh-uh. More like cutting back on costs--diswashers, water use, cleaning chemicals. Not wanting to waste water and use harmful chemicals? There ARE biodegradable detergents and soaps. There is NOT a solution yet for dumpsters and landfills overflowing with paper and cheap plastic waste.

    Is Chartwells truely trying to Go Green? I think its just trying to prove to students/staff that they need their chinaware back and aren't going to buy real dishes until the community coughs up their stolen wares.

    Going Green has just become a cover-up for the simple corporate cutting of costs.