Over the past few months our dining services here at Cedar Lake Village has been working to eliminate as much Styrofoam used as possible. Chef Jeremy Ling was excited to announce that as of June 18th, Cedar Lake Village has reduced its Styrofoam use by 90%!
Most of the Styrofoam use came from the breakfast meal. Chef Jeremy worked to find great quality dishwasher-safe plastic dishes for our residents to use for their morning meal. It’s light enough to take back to the apartment and bring back for washing later.
Our residents also used Styrofoam for taking leftovers back from breakfast or lunch. Each Cedar Lake Village resident received a dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe container to take home leftovers from breakfast or lunch. Our new residents will receive their containers as a gift upon move-in.
Styrofoam cups at our coffee bars are being replaced with ceramic mugs and residents will be able to order Cedar Lake Village travel tumbler mugs.
Of course, our kitchen will still need to use Styrofoam for a few things, but Cedar Lake Village as a whole is very pleased about getting rid of most of the need for it and reducing our carbon footprint as much as we can. Randy Fitzgerald, director of operations for the Good Samaritan Communities of Olathe, says, “I am so proud that Cedar Lake Village has embraced a new way to reduce waste and reduce operating expenses. All of us need to do what we can to help our environment for present and future generations.”
By Abby Davenport
Cedar Lake Village Marketing Coordinator