Scrape Your Plate Day

Scrape Your Plate Day is an event put on by CU Recycling every semester during lunch & dinner in the four campus dining halls. Upon arrival at the tray return stations, students are asked to scrape any remaining food scraps off their trays into the designated compost bins. The goal is to provide students with direct awareness of the massive food waste that takes place in the dining halls every day.

As students observe their own leftovers contributing to the overflowing compost bins, the intention is that they will internalize these implications of taking too much food - it ends up in a bin of waste. Many students feel inspired after this event to take only what they will eat and reduce their contributions to food waste in the CU dining halls.