GOOD TO GO Reusable Container Initiative

Between September 2019 – April 2022, our GOOD TO GO Reusable Container Initiative diverted 47,159 single-use containers from the landfill. With your help, we can increase this number! 

Beginning September 1, 2022, a $0.75 fee was applied to single-use take-out containers in campus food outlets. This decision was endorsed by the University, including the University’s Sustainability Working Group. To meet the university’s climate action objectives while advancing the UN SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, the fee is intended to drive higher participation in the reusable ECO Container Program.

The single-use fee was determined from results of a university sector scan of comparable eco container programs and a campus survey that engaged students, staff, and faculty between November 8, 2021 – April 29, 2022. 54.54% of survey respondents supported a fee introduction, of which 38.8% favoured a proposed rate in the range of $0.75 – $1.00.  

The fees collected in this initiative are intended as cost recovery and not as an additional revenue stream.


How it works:  

Swap:  Bring your carabiner to a food counter. Order your meal in a GOOD TO GO container and exchange your carabiner with a staff member.  

Eat:  Receive your meal in a sanitized GOOD TO GO container to take away and enjoy.  

Repeat:  Return your used GOOD TO GO container for a carabiner at a Swap Station to use later or exchange it at a food counter now for a meal in a new container.

Collect a stamp for every exchange and fill your loyalty card!

With 10 stamps you can redeem your card for a free 16oz fountain beverage, medium coffee, tea or hot chocolate and enter your full card into a monthly draw to win 50 Flex $.  

If your meal plan includes Flex $, you are part of the GOOD TO GO container initiative! 

Residence Students: You will receive your green carabiner in your Residence Move-In Welcome Package. 

Campus Meal Plan holders: You can pick up your green carabiner in the main Hospitality Services Office in Victoria Hall, room E022, and start using the container! 

Other: If you don’t have a meal plan, receive a GOOD TO GO container from a cashier at participating locations for a $5 deposit.

*GOOD TO GO containers and carabiners can be returned to receive a credit of $5 Flex $.

Oct 2, 2020 10:15 am