AVE MARIA, Fla. -- Ave Maria University is serious about reducing food waste in its cafeteria.
Last week, a staffer stood by the cafeteria trash can, polling students about the grub they were about to dump: You didn't like it? Or you took too much?
The trashed leftovers were weighed every day, and bags representing the amount of food wasted were propped up next to the trash cans. By Friday, the university's food service director Joel Dekkers estimated the week's waste added up to 800 pounds of food.
Officials and student leaders are hoping the experiment raised awareness about food waste, and will make students pause before loading up their trays.