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Sodexo/UMKC Dining
Student Success Center G36A
Kansas City, MO 64110
phone: 816-235-1077
fax: 816-235-5213

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In support of the Student Union’s Leed Gold certification, Dining Services’ partnership with UMKC strives to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. Here’s what we’re doing behind the kitchen doors:

Composting: All organic waste is collected in buckets and deposited into large bins on the back dock for pick-up by Missouri Organics.

Fruit Cup

All of our fryer oil is collected and picked up by Missouri Organics for recycling

All of our cardboard boxes, cans, plastic and paper waste are broken down and recycled

We have partnered with the UMKC gardens to provide them with our coffee grounds fromJazzman’s Café, and we offer them free to our guests. Our partnership with Ecolab chemicals has provided the following benefits:

  • No-rinse products for dish washing to use less water.
  • Products and packaging use renewable materials.
  • Product designs that minimize packaging.
  • Products shipped using substantially less fuel.

Most of our carry-out packaging is made from recycled materials, or can be composted or recycled

We use cage-free eggs not only in this building, but in all of our locations on campus, and we have since 2007.

Save a Tree napkin dispenser Made with 100% recycled material!

Great news for the environment!

Most napkins now provided by Sodexo/UMKC Dining Services are made from 100% recycled material. Not only does using these napkins support recycling, but our napkins made from 100% recycled material easily and quickly break down.

Sodexo is now recycling large amounts of cardboard at our main facility in the Student Success Center! Three times per week, a large cart, densely packed with flattened cardboard boxes, is taken from the Student Success Center main kitchen by UMKC Campus Facilities Management staff to their cardboard compactor across campus. This amounts to over 500 lbs. of cardboard being recycled by Sodexo/UMKC Dining Services every week...just at the Student Success Center. Sodexo/Einstein also recycles cardboard. For over a year, this location has been recycling well over 100 lbs. of cardboard every week.

Cardboard Recycling

cardboard boxes

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Sodexo has partnered with Ecolab to help create a cleaner and healthier dining environment while conserving resources and reducing waste.

Some of our initiatives include:

  • No-rinse products for dish washing to use less water.
  • Products and packaging use renewable materials.
  • Product designs that minimize packaging.
  • Products shipped using substantially less fuel.

Single Napkin Dispensers

Napkin Dispenser

UMKC Dining Services has recently replaced the baskets full of napkins that were placed on each table with the single napkin dispensers that are strategically placed around the Dining Hall.

These new napkin dispensers make it harder for students to grab an unnecessary handful of napkins for a job that only requires one or two napkins.

Hence, UMKC Dining Services is reducing its carbon footprint on the world by using fewer napkins and producing less waste.

Sustainability at Starbucks

Starbucks with sleeve

UMKC Dining Services and Starbucks are committed to reducing our environmental impact through increased use of post-consumer recycled materials.

  • 60% post-consumer fiber sleeve
  • First-ever 10% post-consumer fiber cup

Organic Composting Program


On October 27, 2008 the Student Success Center began a partnership with Missouri Organics and Sodexo in an organic composting program. It is our intent that the reduced tonnage in food waste will allow for a cost savings over the life of the program. This program can not only be beneficial to the current Student Success Center operation, but also a foundational cornerstone to the sustainable focus in operating the new Student Union.


Here are some basic mechanisms of how the program will work:

  • Missouri Organics has supplied 4 96-gallon containers for the program
  • The containers are lined with compostable bags
  • Sodexo will purchase 5-gallon buckets that will be filled with preparation waste and post-consumer waste and then transported to the 96-gallon containers. The 5-gallon bucks will encourage individual responsibility for the program and reduce the cost of additional bags.
  • All food waste materials, plus card board, wax paper, and food cartons are compostable. The only items that will fall outside of this process will be plastics, i.e. straws/creamer contains/etc. Our intent is to provide a separate tub by the dish line to encourage our students and guests to join us in the process by separating their plastic items much as they currently do their silverware. We hope you join us in this new endeavor.

Trayless Dining Hall

No Trays!

The UMKC Dining Hall has recently disposed of all trays from the dining program. Without trays, students will be more prone to strategically picking what foods they would like to eat for their meal thus ensuring more healthy choices. Also, there will be less waste production because students cannot pile food onto their trays so instead they will finish what food is on their plate before going to get more if necessary. Last year, the Dining Hall wasted 30 tons of food as a result of tray usage. Finally, trays waste gallons of water in order to be cleaned so without trays the Dining Hall can save lots of water.

Cage-free Eggs

UMKC now serves cage-free eggs only!

UMKC Dining Services is now proud to serve only cage-free eggs across campus.

Dining Services is committed to listening and responding to our student customers.

Why are we going "cage-free"?

  • General input from members of the UMKC Community
  • An SGA Resolution passed in Spring of 2007 requesting cage-free only eggs
  • Support for this transition from the UMKC Student Board of Governors
  • Sodexo's commitment to social responsibility and responsive management

We are committed to a socially responsible dining program.


Most egg-laying hens in the United States are confined in wire battery cages so small they can't even spread their wings. Suspended over their own waste, the hens are unable to engage in many of their natural behaviors, including nesting, dust bathing, perching, and foraging, let alone roaming, walking comfortably, or even feeling the earth under their feet. Overcrowded in tiny barren cages, these birds endure lives of daily frustration and suffering.

We are proud of our decision to exclusively use eggs from cage-free hens, and we're thrilled to be honored by the Humane Society of the United States for this decision.