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EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


Paulette Peckol and Gregory White


Smith College Dining Services is dedicated to sustainability and green practices, yet provides students with numerous individually packaged products such as creamers, butter and sugar. These generate a great deal of waste, which adds to environmental degradation. Through cost-benefit analyses of purchasing individually packaged products versus bulk products with dispensers it is clear that bulk purchasing is a fiscally responsible choice. Consideration of other factors, such as sanitary concerns, recycling options and dining staff work load, the choice between the two becomes more convoluted. Environmentally and fiscally, bulk products are the most effective choice, but each option needs to be investigated further before implementation is to occur.


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