Cafeteria switches to compostable straws

Teresa Sheffield

Dining Service’s plastic straws are out, and 100 percent compostable straws are in.

However, there is a catch: the new straws are nearly double the cost of the previous ones.

“Even though the cost for these straws are about 100 percent more than the previous straws Sodexo used, to save the environment for our future and for our next generation has no value,” Dining Services Manager Jatinder Singh said.

Singh said Sodexo’s switch underscores UMKC’s commitment to being a 100 percent recyclable and compostable campus.

Other efforts by Sodexo to meet the UMKC goal include recycling all paper, cardboard and cans, using recycled napkins and composting about 90 percent of all food waste.

“Sodexo has trained all our front-line employees and provided containers at all work locations to use food wastage,” Singh said.

Singh said Dining Services is always looking for more ways to be environmentally friendly and hopes efforts will make campus better for students.

“The switchover is good for the awareness that Sodexo brings to UMKC and to the students,” Singh said. “Sodexo is an international solution company and we have been trying to improve new and different items daily.”

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