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Plaza Café & BP Launch O2GO Reusable Containers
The Plaza Café, operated by NMS and located in the BP tower in Anchorage, launched a new green initiative this week, replacing disposable to-go containers with green reusable containers. Rough estimates predict that this program will eliminate the use of more than 100,000 disposable containers annually. “As adoption of the program increases, we can expect the number of disposable containers used to decrease even more,” says Plaza Café manager, Eric Quint.
The new program is simple and cost-effective. Program participants each receive a token that they exchange for a clean O2GO container at checkout. A collection receptacle at the entrance to the café accepts the used containers and returns a token, which can be exchanged again for a clean, sanitized container. Each container can be used up to 300 times. When they have completed their lifespan, they are recycled.
The Plaza Café has long used eco-friendly, compostable to-go containers made from sugar cane and corn. “This program is the next step in our efforts to reduce waste and conserve our resources,” says Jessica Moran, catering manager for the Plaza Café.
Approximately 900 people work in the BP tower and the Plaza Café serves about 550 of them daily. NMS estimates that about 70% of those café patrons take their food to go. “The impact of this program will be significant,” asserts Jessica. “We are really excited to launch it and see it grow. This program is so great because it hits all three points of sustainability: reduce, reuse and recycle.”
NMS launched this same program in cooperation with UAA at the resident dining hall, Creekside and has seen great results. NMS’ Plaza Café managers, Eric Quint and Jessica Moran, worked closely with BP management to organize this program. BP generously sponsored the first token for building occupants.
The Plaza Café is open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday serving delicious breakfast and lunch options, now available to go in reusable O2GO containers.
NMS is a limited liability company, owned by NANA Development Corporation – an Alaska Native Corporation subsidiary – and Sodexo. NMS clients include the oil and gas industry; state and local governments; schools and universities; hospitals and clinics; senior living centers; manufacturing plants; and the telecommunications and transportation industries. NMS provides the management and delivery of food services, facilities management, camp services and security. More information on NMS is available at nmsusa.com