Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends on our natural environment. To support sustainability, we're working to:
- improve our waste reduction through recycling and composting, and
- source ingredients and menu items locally and regionally
Not only do these activities benefit the environment, they also benefit our community and provide you the freshest foods possible.
Learn more about sustainability efforts on campus through the Office of Sustainability.
We're actively involved in recycling at all of our locations. We regularly recycle all pre-consumer materials and sort items that go through the tray returns.
We invite our customers to support our recycling activities by using the designated bins in the dining rooms. The following items can be recycled:
- Paper, including newspapers, office paper, clean napkins, and cups without wax liners. Coca-Cola cups cannot be recycled.
- Plastic with recyclable Numbers 1 and 6 in the triangle.This includes bottles and Grab 'n Go containers, plates, and bowls.
- Aluminum cans
Since those paper Coca-Cola cups cannot be recycled, we do offer a reusable Coca-Cola cup so you can help the environment and save some money!
The cup is free and is available at all of our locations while supplies last. Use it, or bring your own cup, for 79-cent refills on Coke products. Over 20,000 disposable cups have been saved in the last year by using reusable cups.
We provide Hilltop Gardens with over 300 gallons (or about 1,500 pounds) of pre-consumer food waste for composting each week. To accomplish this, our staff actively search for any compostable materials such as fruit rinds, coffee grinds and filters, egg shells, and leftover vegetables. These waste items are transported to Hilltop Gardens, where they are composted.
Composting has many benefits, like:
- Sending less waste to landfills
- Producing less methane gas from landfills, which causes global warming
- Providing free fertilizer for gardens
Hilltop Gardens uses this compost on its fruit and vegetable gardens. Some of the produce from these gardens then comes back to us to create a full-circle operation in sustainability.
Get involved and volunteer at Hilltop Gardens.
Fresh & Local
We do our best to source ingredients and menu items locally and regionally to get you the freshest food available while supporting regional and small businesses. We even bake and prepare many items ourselves to deliver you the freshest meals possible.
If there's a local product that you love and would like to see on campus, please tell us about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Made on Campus
- Homemade donuts, pastries, and cookies baked fresh daily
- Freshly-prepared Salads
- Hummus made from scratch
- Granola used in the parfaits and available as breakfast bar topping and in individual to-go packs
- Parfaits hand-made with local and sustainable ingredients
Made in Bloomington
- Bagels and dessertsScholars Inn Bakehouse
- U-Go bars™Middleway House; sold at Union Street Market, Gresham Food Court, and our other grab-and-go locations.
Made in the Hoosier State or Nearby
- Coffee & TeaHubbard & Cravens Coffee and Tea,
- Tomato productsRed Gold®, Elwood, IN
- MeatsMcFarling Foods, Indianapolis, IN
- Milk and Ice CreamPrairie Farms®, Carlinville, IL