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Reusable Container Program

The Tulane Green Club, in partnership with Tulane Dining Services and Sodexo, have developed a program by which guests collect a reusable container for lunch at Bruff to Go or The Drawing Board and drop off used containers to be cleaned and sanitized.


  • Since last spring, when we introduced this program to Bruff to Go, we have saved 15,658 food containers and 4,573 soup containers from the landfill. Starting Fall of 2014, we will implement the reusable container program at The Drawing Board. At 100% participation we estimate we could save an additional 6,000 containers from landfills during the semester alone.
  • All guests must use the Ozzi Reusable Containers to take out food from Bruff to Go, with traditional disposables on hand only in the case of emergency. The program is optional at The Drawing Board.
  • The container machines will be monitored online constantly – alerting the dining office of any issue, to avoid outages or technical errors.
  • You will find the container machines at Bruff to Go and The Drawing Board.


Tulane Dining Services and The Tulane Green Club developed the concept and details of the program during the fall 2013 semester.  To introduce the idea and gain support we gave several presentations to the Dining Advisory Board, demonstrated the product to guests in Bruff to Go, and shared “Coming Soon” informational marketing pieces on communication boards, in residence halls, on social media, and the dining website. In addition, an interest survey of current Bruff to Go users was conducted. According to the results, 96.7% of respondents felt positively or very positively about participating in the program. 71% felt supportive or very supportive about a $5.00 deposit for the containers.


What to Expect

As this is a relatively new program, students will need to be educated on the process. Dining Services staff and members of the Tulane Green Club will hold tabling sessions during the first 3 days of Bruff to Go and The Drawing Board Cafe with a master list of enrolled Tulane students. They will give each student two tokens, one for the meal and one for soup. The student will then choose their meal prepackaged in an Ozzi container. Next, the student will continue to the cashier, where they will pay for the meal using their Splash card, and pay for the container with the token.



After Your Meal

After the guest is done with the container, they will drop the used container at either the collection machine in Bruff to Go, the collection machine at the entrance of Bruff Commons or at The Drwing Board Cafe. The guest will receive a token to use for their next Ozzi container.


What happens if I lose a container?

If a student loses a container, they must purchase another container to get back into the system. The purchase of one container will be $5.00, and will be available for purchase at the Bruff to Go or Drawing Board Cafe cashier stand.


What happens I lose my token?

The token has the same value as a container, as they are interchangeable. If either a token or container is lost, one must purchase another container for $5.00 to re-­‐enter the program. Tokens may be purchased using cash, credit, Wavebuck$, or Splash Card.


What if I want to have multiple containers out at a time?

A first container is loaned to each guest for re‐collection at the end of the semester. Each additional container a guest would like to take out is a non‐refundable charge of $5.00. However, this is a one‐time charge, as each container can be exchanged for a new one all semester long.


Do I get my $5.00 back for extra containers?

The first $5.00 is a non‐refundable deposit to partially fund the program.


Can I choose to have my meal in traditional disposables instead of Ozzi packaging?

At this time, we are changing all packaging in Bruff to Go to the Ozzi system in order to save as much waste as possible. The program will be Opt -in at The Drawing Board Cafe. In the event of an emergency, we will have disposable packaging available.


Media Coverage:

Tulane Hullabaloo - Sodexo, students launch pilot program to reduce waste

New Wave - Reusable meal containers provide a green solution




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