Reusable Bag + Bottle Program

Rutgers Dining Services strives to ‘Feed People, Not Landfills.’ We contribute to sustainability by reducing our environmental footprint while enhancing our contribution to the social and economic capital of New Jersey, the nation and the world. Several attempts have been made to eliminate the disposables consumed by takeout. Rutgers Dining no longer provides plastic bags or paper cups at takeout, every student with a meal plan receives a reusable bag and bottle courtesy of Rutgers Dining. Our reusable bag + bottle program is intended to eliminate the use of plastic bags, styrofoam cups, paper waxed cups, lids and straws. In Spring 2017, Dining Services saved 300,000 cups, straws and lids form going into landfills. Interested in getting one for yourself? Read more about it


The department owns and maintains a Vegawatt generator. It is a modified diesel engine that is engineered to burn waste vegetable oil. The oil discarded from the fryers, is collected and goes over to Busch Dining Hall where it is burned by the Vegewatt and generates electricity and hot water that is used in the building.

LED Bulbs

For about a year, Rutgers Dining Services has stopped buying incandescent light bulbs and instead, buys fluorescent bulbs when there is no compatible LED Bulbs.


The department owns six Waste2Go food waste digesters. They use micro-organisms to breakdown the food waste into an effluent which simply goes down the drain. Currently, all food waste generated by the kitchens and the customers at Neilson Dining Hall, Henry’s Diner and Harvest IFNH is being digested as well as a portion of the waste at Busch Dining Hall. Eventually, all units will have digesters, eliminating the need for food waste pickup at these locations as well.


There are about 5,000 catered events and 6.9 million meals served each year. Some of the produce we use are grown right here on campus by Rutgers students!


Rutgers has one of six Starbucks mobile trucks in the country. The other trucks are at Arizona State University, East Carolina University, James Madison University and Sacramento State.

Rutgers dining goes through…

83,008 16-inch pizzas, 244,772 lbs of bananas, 6,396 gallons of vanilla ice cream and 53,740 pounds of penne pasta per year.

For more detailed information, please visit the university website on sustainability. For any questions about sustainability, send an e-mail to