The Reusable Bag + Bottle Program is a student driven initiative as a way to reduce waste by eliminating the plastic bag, cup, lid and straw from the takeout process.

The Reusable Bag + Bottle Program is a new, innovative, sustainable way of handling takeout beverages by encouraging students to use reusable bags and bottles, cutting down the waste of plastic bags, cups, lids and straws. The reusable bottle is a 16 oz. stainless steel bottle that can be used for both hot and cold beverages and the bag is a reusable canvas bag.

If you are a student with a meal plan, reusable bags and bottles will be distributed during your first takeout meal in one of the four dining halls (Brower Commons, Busch Dining Hall, Livingston Dining Commons & Neilson Dining Hall). ONE bag and bottle will be given per student.

If you lose your bag or bottle, you can replace them at the courtesy desk at of one of the four dining halls.

You may use your own bag or bottle at takeout.

If your guest is not a Rutgers student with a meal plan or you would like to double swipe for yourself, you can get another bag or bottle at the courtesy desk or use any another comparably sized bottle or bag. There will not be any plastic bags, paper cups, lids or straws available at takeout.

Every student with a meal plan will be given their first bag and bottle to use at takeout. Using the bag or bottle is not mandatory. If you are not using the reusable bag or bottle, any bag or bottle of comparable size will be accepted.

Please contact RUSA at with any questions, comments or concerns.