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It’s common knowledge that styrofoam is bad for the environment. Unfortunately, when it comes to eating out, there isn’t much choice beyond styrofoam or paper containers. Sure, paper doesn’t emit hydrocarbons into the ground and it’s biodegradable, but it’s still contributing to the millions of tons of waste that continue to pile up the landfills. What can you do to be environmentally conscious while dining on campus?

Enter the Plate Club, the reusable dishware provider service of the Students’ Society of McGill University! Voted “SSMU Best New Club of the Year 2008”, the Plate Club offers a dishware rental service to students eating in the SSMU cafeteria to reduce styrofoam usage–in exchange for an identification card as collateral, they rent plates/utensils/cups and wash them for free! They also offer an events rentals service for groups seeking to reduce waste (and costs!) at their events. In addition to their dishware rental services, the Plate Club offers a container donation service, whereby students can donate, take plastic containers, or borrow them for Midnight Kitchen meals, and they have a bucket on-site for students to compost their food waste. The ultimate goal of the Plate Club is to have an entirely styrofoam-free campus!

To learn more, visit their website, their Facebook page, send them an e-mail. You can also visit them between 11:30 and 2:30 daily at the SSMU cafeteria, or drop by during their office hours (daily, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, in SSMU room 201, past the Lev Bukhman room)!

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