Here are 10 ways Central can help you make your school cafeteria more eco-friendly!
1. Napkin Dispensers: Leaving out a pile of napkins invites students to grab more than they need. By purchasing a napkin dispenser, you will cut down on the amount of napkins your students will take—and they come in a variety of types, enabling you to choose one that best fits your cafeteria.
2. Dry Erase/Chalkboard: Instead of printing out menus, whether it’s weekly or monthly, think about using a dry erase or chalkboard instead. This will cut down on the paper you use and can make for a fun project at the beginning of everyday! Also, parents appreciate having menus online—which is a great way to post a monthly view.
3. Compartment Cafeteria Trays: If you’re still using disposal trays, consider purchasing compartment trays. They come in a variety of types from ABS and polypropylene to melamine and co-polymer. Central has put together a compartment tray buying guide here, enabling you to find the best type of tray to fit your school.
4. CREW 44” Conveyor Dishwasher: Jackson’s Crew 44” Conveyor dishwasher has the lowest water use of any conveyor in the industry! This is an easy way to decrease water use in schools. (Also, as a helpful hint, this conveyor dishwasher is under the Central Edge—which means along with the dishwasher you can get a pair of accent panels at no additional cost to you. Check out the product for more information).
5. Flatware: Similar to the trays, using disposable flatware can be very wasteful. Consider using flatware, perhaps the 18/0 medium weight.
6. Takeout Food Containers: While these might be best for untraditional cafeteria settings, like a university food court, G.E.T Enterprises has Eco-Takeouts™ Food Containers which are very eco-friendly and have a completely reusable design that reduces the waste produced and re-stocking costs from using disposable takeout containers.
7. Recycling Containers: This was an obvious no-brainer to include! But if you haven’t considered recycling at your school, it’s time to start. Central has a variety of recycling containers to choose from. And by getting the students to become involved with recycling at school, you might also get them to encourage parents to recycle at home as well.
8. Towels: While it’s much easier to grab a paper towel to wipe up a mess, try using a towel instead. They come in a variety of shapes, materials and sizes.
9. Hand Dryer: Piggy-backing off purchasing towels for messes, consider installing a hand dryer next to your sinks for employees and students to use after washing their hands, dishes, etc. to cut down on the use of paper towels. There are many types of hand dryers and purchasing one will save energy and HVAC expenses.