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At UTSA Dining Services, we have a deep respect for and commitment to protecting and improving the environment.  Through our Green Thread program, we’ve implemented the following initiatives in an effort to become more sustainable.
  • All office paper and paper supplies contain at least 30% recycled content.
  • Recycle all office printer cartridges and copier toners.
  • Recycle used office paper and cardboard boxes through campus recycling program.
  • Serve as a promotional partner to the UTSA Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management for RecycleMania, a ten week recycling competition between college campuses across the nation.
  • Contribute to single-stream campus recycling program by recycling glass, plastic and metal behind the scenes at the Roadrunner Cafe and Starbucks.
  • Offer a reusable cup program in which Green Thread reusable cups can be purchased for $4.99 and used for unlimited 99¢ fountain beverage refills at locations across campus.
  • Starbucks offers a 15¢ discount off brewed coffee and iced tea and a 10¢ discount off custom beverages to any customer using a reusable container.
  • Offer vegetarian options at outlets across campus.
  • Serve Java City, Eco Grounds Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees in the residential dining hall, the Roadrunner Cafe.
  • Celebrate employee birthdays with cards certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • Implementing plates made of bagasse, the typically unused pulp of sugar cane, at Bène and Montague's locations in the JPL and Downtown.
  • 100% of fryer oil used at dining locations is recycled locally for the creation of biodiesel fuel.
  • Collect Frito Lay chip bags and Mars candy wrappers for TerraCycle 'upcycle' program. For each bag and wrapper sent to TerraCycle, a two cent donation will be made to the UTSA Student Affairs Transformation Fund.
  • The Eco To-Go takeout program allows diners to take a meals to-go in reusable plastic containers at the Roadrunner Cafe.
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TerraCycle 'Upcycling' Program now at UTSA
UTSA can now add Mars candy wrappers and Frito Lay chip bags to the list of materials that can be recycled on campus.

As part of its Green Thread sustainability program, ARAMARK Higher Education has partnered with TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based company to ‘upcycle’ the packaging of these popular snack brands.  The chip bags and candy wrappers will be transformed into new products like shopping bags, lunch boxes and pencil cases that can be purchased at major retail stores including Walmart, Target and Toys R Us. 

UTSA students, faculty and staff members can drop their empty Frito Lay chip bags and Mars candy wrappers to the marked collection boxes at the C3 Store in the University Center and the JPL.

For each bag and wrapper collected, TerraCycle will donate two cents to the UTSA Student Affairs Transformation Fund. Student organizations and UTSA offices wishing to collect bags and wrappers as a project may contact Demica Rodriguez, ARAMARK’s Marketing Coordinator by e-mailing for group collection information.

TerraCycle was recently featured on the National Geographic Channel’s show “Garbage Moguls” and produces a variety of products made from materials that are typically not recyclable. To learn more about the company and the collection program, visit