Mesa State Going Trayless

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email
Derek Walker of Martinsburg, W.Va., carries two plates at the Mollohan Cafeteria at Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va., Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. Glenville is one of dozens of colleges nationwide not providing trays in its cafeteria to be more environmentally friendly and cut down on wasted food. (AP photo/Jeff Baughan)

Derek Walker of Martinsburg, W.Va., carries two plates at the Mollohan Cafeteria at Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va., Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. Glenville is one of dozens of colleges nationwide not providing trays in its cafeteria to be more environmentally friendly and cut down on wasted food. (AP photo/Jeff Baughan)

Mesa State College is one of thousands of schools in the country that are getting rid of a classic cafeteria item... the lunch tray. Starting in January, Mesa State will be getting rid of all plastic food trays saying it is another step the school is taking to "get green."

Mesa State's Dana Nunn says the school will save thousands of dollars on soap, manpower and more than 41,000 gallons of water by not having to clean the trays after someone uses them. The school serves more than 2,000 students on a typical night, and after the school won the country's first "Greener Colleges" grant from the Green Building Initiatives, officials say the move makes sense.

Students seemed pretty torn about the whole idea. Many students applauding the school for their effort to save on resources, monetary or otherwise, but others weren't so quick to guarantee there would be huge savings. One student pointed out the possible balancing act which will have to be put on during eating hours, and if there is huge spill, it will take water and soap to clean up the mess.


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