The new trend in the greening of America is the removal of trays from college cafeterias from Ohio to California). Birmingham’s own Samford University has joined in on the fun, leading to several degrees of reactions on the school’s campus. Here’s the story courtesy of the Samford Crimson. There’s also this piece (and the three pages of comments) over at Slashfood. Some food for thought (and hopefully for comments here too).
@ Jules: The large dishwashers I've used, and which Samford presumably uses, since it certainly has a conveyor belt, move dishes through on racks along a conveyor. So more dishes means the machine runs longer, using more electricity, but not more water, as that is recycled through the system. These dishwashers don't run on loads. Furthermore, why not just ask students to replace clean trays when they are finished, since most trays don't get dirty when they're used? This is a silly proposal.