Green Box Program

The most sustainable way to dine, is to dine-in.  However, if you must take a meal to-go, please choose a Green Box reusable container.

There is a one-time buy in fee of $5 (and you can use your Dining Dollars).

The success of the Green Box program depends on YOU returning your used container to The Commons.

Choosing a reusable dining container for meals or dining in, significantly reducing the number of single-use disposable to-go containers that go directly to the landfill when discarded!

Why are we adding this to our to-go policy?

In response to feedback we received, we replaced the disposable to go containers with a reusable container.  This furthers our sustainability efforts with our partnership with all of PLU as we strive towards zero waste and support the sustainability goals of PLU.

Is this a permanent part of the Dining Plan?

Yes! Your feedback is vital to our the success of the program. Email us at

How do I get started?

Get started at the dining halls by requesting a Green Box to-go and paying $5.00 with dining dollars, cash or credit card at check out.

How does it work?

  1. When you want to eat to-go in The Commons, ask the server for a reusable Green Box container.
  2. Pay $5.00 for the container at the cashier with dining dollars, cash or credit card. (Note: next time, you will redeem your “Green Box Card” as payment.)
  3. When you’re finished, rinse or wipe out the container.
  4. Drop your used box off at AYCTE to the door guard at the exit or during the day to any cashier in The Commons — redeem your container for a “Green Box Card” that can be used on your next take out purchase.

What if I don't have a "Green Box Card"?

If you do not have a “Green Box Card” you may purchase the container for $5.00 with your dining dollars, cash or credit card.

What if I want a second container?

If you would like to purchase a second reusable container, you may do so for $5.00 with your dining dollars, cash or credit card at the checkout.

Can I redeem my "Green Box Card" for cash?

No, you may not redeem a “Green Box Card”  for cash.

Why can't I just re-use my container without redeeming it for a "Green Box Card?"

For health and safety concerns only clean and sanitized containers may be used in the service area. By returning containers for proper cleaning you are protecting the safety of everyone who dines with us. For the same reason we ask that you do not use your own containers.

What happens if I forget my container in my room?

You will have two options if you forget your to go container.  One, you can pay the $5 for another reusable to go container or you can return to your room and bring the used container and receive a clean one at no charge.

What happens at the end of the year?

You may keep your “Green Box Card” for to use with the Green Box Program next year. We’d appreciate it if you would turn in your “Green Box Card” in to a cashier if you’re leaving PLU.