- Cranston Marche went tray-less in 2013 reducing waste by up to 24lbs/hour.
- Cranston Marche also uses distributed napkin dispensers to reduces napkin waste
- The napkins we use are made from 100% recycled materials
- We recycle over 18,000 gallons of cooking oil for biofuel
- FSA Cafes also participate in a coffee ground recycling program
- We use locally produced Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce
- FSA made a commitment starting in 2009 to go Styrofoam free
- Our retail food packaging is eco-friendly and recyclable
- FSA is in the AASHE Stars Program (See how green we are! )
Cranston Marché took the initiative in 2013 to go tray-less. Not providing trays means that post-consumer waste is down by about 24lbs per operating hour. Cranston Marché is also saving on water and chemicals by not washing an approximate 1,200 trays per day.
The Marché utilizes napkin dispensers placed on the tables rather than in a central napkin dispenser. When napkins are placed in a central location, customers tend to take more than they need so that they do not have to
get back up to get more. Furthermore, the napkins that are used in dining services are EcoLogo Certified made from 100% recycled materials.
Used cooking oil from Marché and Centre Pointe is collected by a company called Buffalo Biodiesel. This local company converts the used cooking oil into biofuel to be used in diesel trucks. This program began in October of 2012 and since then we have recycled over 18,000 gallons of cooking oil.
The FSA Cafés, featuring Peet’s Coffees, is also participating in a coffee ground recycling program to make used coffee grounds available for customers for houseplants and gardens.
FSA serves local products in our dining facilities. Local fruits and vegetables are purchased from Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce in Jamestown, NY. Brigiotta’s purchases from local Western New York farms while in season along with storing onions and potatoes for use when not in season. Additionally our primary food supplier is Maplevale Farms, a local company from Falconer, NY. As of January, 2014, 17.4% of FSA Dining Services purchases are local; our yearly goal is a 1% increase from the prior year.
FSA has made a commitment in 2009 to go Styrofoam free. Our retail food packaging is eco-friendly and recyclable.