The ReusaBlue To-Go Program

Michigan Dining has implemented five dedicated to-go stations across campus with a variety of selections for student meal plan holders to enjoy up to 3x per week for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Students with Residential & Premium meal plans can take advantage of the new ReusaBlue to-go program at East Quad, South Quad, Mosher-Jordan, Bursley, and Twigs.

Michigan Dining’s long-term to-go stations are committed to sustainability through the use of our new ReusaBlue reusable to-go containers. Each student meal plan holder can now experience a sustainable carry-out service by temporarily “checking out” an environmentally-friendly container, which can then be returned to any dining hall after enjoying their meal.

The Next Generation of Carry-Out


How It Works

  • Upon entering the dining hall, student meal plan holders will let the greeter know that they are getting their meal to-go prior to swiping in for entry. A ReusaBlue container will then be electronically registered to their account.
  • Students will then visit the designated to-go station to pick out their favorite foods, fill their container accordingly, and enjoy their meal outside of the dining hall.
  • The used container can then be returned, with uneaten food and trash disposed of, to any dining hall to be checked in. Upon the return of their previously checked out container, the student is eligible to carry-out again for a future meal.

The ReusaBlue Mission

Michigan Dining is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and supporting U-M’s sustainability goal of reducing waste sent to landfills by 40% by 2025. Through providing student meal plan holders with reusable, environmentally safe, sustainable to-go containers we are able to decrease preventable waste volume from single-use containers, while still offering the flexibility of carry-out meals to our students.

About Our Containers

Our ReusaBlue containers are microwave, dishwasher and food safe. They are 100% BPA free and made of polypropylene. Each container undergoes industry-leading washing practices in accordance with all local, state and federal agency guidelines to ensure cleanliness for the next student’s use.


Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get a ReusaBlue container?

Student meal plan holders will let the dining hall greeter know that they intend to take their meal to-go prior to swiping into the dining hall. The greeter can then electronically register a to-go container to their account.

How often can I get a to-go meal?

Students with Residential & Premium meal plans can enjoy to-go meals 3x per week, permitting that their previously checked out container has been returned.

Can I get a to-go meal from any dining hall station?

No. Each of the five participating dining halls will have a designated to-go station with rotating menu selections to appeal to many different dietary preferences.

What if I lose my container, or forget to bring it back before I want another to-go meal?

 If a student already has a container checked out and wants to participate in carry-out they must return their container or buy into the program for $10 on Blue Bucks or Dining Dollars. If a container is permanently lost the student must purchase a new container before they are able to carry-out again.

Do I have to return my container to the same dining hall I checked it out from?

No. The ReusaBlue container can be returned to any dining hall with the expectation of uneaten food and trash having already been disposed of.

Can I get more than one container at a time so I can get more food to-go?

Students can only get one ReusaBlue container at a time. A single container can hold up to 2 main entrees and 2 sides. The container must be able to close. Hand held fruit and portable desserts do not need to be included in the container.

Are to-go meals available during every meal period?

To-go is not available during breakfast, but is an option for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

What locations are participating in the ReusaBlue to-go program?

The ReusaBlue program is at East Quad, South Quad, Mosher-Jordan, Bursley and Twigs for lunch, brunch, and dinner.

Can I opt for carry-out and still eat my meal in the dining hall?

No. Students may not utilize carry-out and consume a meal inside the dining hall on the same card swipe.

Do I have a certain amount of time before my ReusaBlue container is “due” to be returned?

No, however for sanitation reasons we strongly encourage used ReusaBlue containers to be returned as soon as possible.

What are my drink options with a to-go meal?

To-go drinks are limited to water, hot tea, coffee or decaf in a compostable cup.

Can I share my ReusaBlue container with a friend or guest?

No. Our ReusaBlue to-go containers are not transferable to another meal plan holder or guest.