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Reusable china and silverware vanish from campus dining halls

We would like to express our concern to the student body regarding the loss of china and silverware from the campus dining halls, especially Lobdell and Walker.

Share A Vital Earth (SAVE), a student environmentalist organization, has been working with MIT Food Service since January to reduce the amount of disposables used in the cafeterias. These plastic and paper disposables pollute in their production and use up valuable resources.

ARA was very responsive to this proposal. They implemented the first stage of a plan to minimize disposables by mid-March. This included offering china plates at the sandwich, pizza and salad counters, in addition to china bowls and more silverware.

It has now been brought to our attention that more than half of the newly purchased china and silverware has disappeared. This seriously threatens the continuation of the program. To avoid having to revert to disposables and all their problems, we strongly urge each person to return any "borrowed" china or silverware to the dining halls.

Your cooperation in this matter will help our continued environmental efforts with ARA. Your actions are important; please make them count.

Thank you.

Amy Ravin '91->

Jenny Zemach '91->

on behalf of SAVE->