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Vanderbilt Campus Dining launches ReusePass reusable container program

Posted by on Monday, August 21, 2023 in Dining, featured, FutureVU, Waste & Recycling.

Vanderbilt University Campus Dining is introducing the ReusePass program, its latest effort toward integrating sustainability into daily campus life. Launching at the start of the fall 2023 semester, ReusePass offers a straightforward process that empowers participants to effortlessly make eco-conscious dining choices and help curb single-use plastic waste. ReusePass replaces the Fill it Forward program at Vanderbilt, employing easy-to-use technology to streamline and promote reusable container use across campus. 

Registration and enrollment 

To register for the ReusePass program, visit The one-time registration process is quick and easy and integrates with Vanderbilt single sign-on (SSO). Upon registration, users will receive a unique QR code that can be quick-accessed either from the mobile site or Apple Wallet. 

Using ReusePass 

ReusePass is currently available at all residential dining halls, including: 

  • The Commons Dining Center 
  • E. Bronson Ingram Dining Hall 
  • Rothschild Hall 
  • Nicholas S. Zeppos Hall 

When you arrive, the cashier will scan your ReusePass QR code on your mobile device to confirm your participation in the program and give you a new, clean to-go container. Simply fill your container and head on your way. 

Rinse and repeat 

After enjoying your meal, return your green ReusePass container directly to the dish return area at any participating location to be washed, sanitized and scanned back in. The returned item will be reflected on your ReusePass account within 24–48 hours. Repeat this process as often as you like, creating a loop of sustainable dining practices. 

Containers are due back 3 days after check-out. The rental window closes 2 days after a container is marked as late. If you have not returned a container by the close of the rental, you’re subject to a $5.00 fine.

“ReusePass enables our entire Vanderbilt community to help eliminate single-use plastics on campus, one container at time,” said Sean Carroll, senior director for auxiliary services. “We’re excited to launch this new program and really turbocharge our sustainability efforts in Campus Dining.” 

Vanderbilt’s ReusePass program offers a new, community-based approach to sustainable dining and is open to all Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff. By minimizing plastic waste and encouraging reusable container usage, ReusePass provides the latest example of Vanderbilt’s ongoing commitment to responsible consumption and environmental preservation.  

To learn more about Campus Dining’s sustainability efforts, visit 

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