Food Services' commitment to sustainability extends beyond local and sustainable food sourcing to include reducing, reusing and recycling – important and essential actions as Appstate moves toward Zero Waste. Zero Waste is a term the Appstate campus community will hear much more of in the near future. And, a crucial piece in this commitment was eliminating polystyrene foam or Styrofoam™ from Appalachian Food Services' dining facilities.
Due to the lack of recycling options and because polystyrene foams never degrade in the landfills, the conversation around alternatives began as early as the mid-80s. However, early alternatives were costly and problematic – something that Food Services and the Office of Sustainability have been discussing since 2008.
Luckily as consumer demand grew for polystyrene alternatives, not only at Appalachian but nationwide, these products became better and less expensive.
To prepare for the transition, Food Services worked closely with the Office of Sustainability to identify the right products for Appstate - eventually choosing paper containers.
As of April 2016, Appalachian Food Services is Styrofoam™ free. Please read the full article to learn more about the transition away from Styrofoam™ as well as what you can do to help Appalachian State University meet its Zero Waste goals!