Drought Prompts Switch to Paper, Plastic at UConn Dining Halls

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Paper plates and plastic silverware will soon be the norm at dining halls on the University of Connecticut’s main campus in Storrs.

UConn officials announced Wednesday they will switch to disposable plates, cups and utensils in all eight dining halls to save water.

The change, which starts Monday, will stay in effect until drought conditions end.

UConn dining services director Dennis Pierce says it’s hoped the students’ efforts will set an example for the rest of the university community.

UConn serves about 180,000 meals weekly when classes are in session. About 12,800 students live on its Storrs campus and eat at its dining halls.

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