Do you ever bring your own reusable mug with you to get coffee or tea on Grounds? Did you know that you can be eligible for free or discounted beverages if you use a reusable mug in our Dining locations?
Dining launched its reusable mug punch card program in October of 2009 (to coincide with Campus Sustainability Day) and it's been a popular program ever since. Our cafes collect the completed cards and return them to the Dining Admin Office in order to keep track of landfill diversion.
As of now, since fall 2009, Dining has received 527 fully completed punch cards! With 10 instances of reusable mug usage per card, that means that together we've all diverted at least 5270 disposable cups from the landfill!
That doesn't include the cards that students are still working their way through, or the reusable mugs that have been used for a discount in place of a card punch. I think that collectively UVa could probably aim to get about 75 of those punch cards completed by the end of the semester to bring up our diversion count to over 6000 cups! Get your punch card today - all you have to do is ask your friendly cashier at any cafe register.