Waste Minimization


Dining Services composts all pre and post-consumer food waste from every dining kitchen across campus. By diverting our food waste to compost, we decrease our landfill footprint and contribute to nutrient rich soil in North Carolina. Deacon Dining helps to recycle by sending all pre-consumer waste from The Pit and all pre-consumer and post-consumer waste from North Dining Hall to Gallins Family Farm for composting. In addition, one hundred percent of our dining services fryer oil is recycled to be used in biodiesel fuels.

Reusable Incentives

With giveaway events and discounts, Deacon Dining makes reusables as easy as possible. Each student with a meal plan is given a reusable to-go container (known as the Green-Box program) at the beginning of the year to use at residential dining locations. You can also bring your own mug or water bottle to any campus dining facility to use for coffee or fountain drinks (when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.)

Compostable Disposables

For times when reusables aren’t available, Deacon Dining provides 100% compostable silverware, cups, lids, and napkins.


Deacon Dining recycles pre-consumer plastic, paper, cardboard, and aluminum, and partners with Wake Forest University  to provide post-consumer recyclable options when compostable isn’t available.