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Rock Creek Reducing Their Waste with the OZZI Machine

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January 22, 2015, the OZZI Machines had its grand opening at the Rock Creek campus. The event was hosted by ASPCC where students and faculty were able to get a free breakfast when purchasing a reusable OZZI container. This exposed us to the machine, how it works and the positive environmental impacts it will make.

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I had a wonderful and uncomplicated experience with the OZZI machine. I anticipated it to be at least a little bit complicated, however I was wrong. The way it works is simple:

  1. Ask for a reusable container when ordering from the Rock Creek campus cafeteria.
    1. A $5 deposit is required
  2. Eat your delicious meal! YUM!
  3. Return the empty OZZI container to the OZZI machine (located in the cafeteria).
  4. With barcode entering first and face up place the container into the machine.
  5. You will receive a OZZI token.
  6. You have two options from here
    1. Grab another meal using the token to receive your reusable container
    2. Or you can exchange the token for your deposit back.


The OZZI machine has a couple positive impacts:

  • Divert waste from landfills
  • Decreases the consumptions of natural resources
    • Fossil fuels
    • Trees
  • Reduces our carbon footprint
  • Saves money from:
    • Hauling waste
    • Purchasing disposable containers
  • Happy user
    • No hassle
    • Helping create a positive difference for the environment

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Providing the positive impacts the OZZI machine accomplishes and the having it being extremely hassle free I will continue to use it whenever I purchase food at the Rock Creek campus. I also hope the other campuses in the future will provide the OZZI machine as well. Next time you are at Rock Creek give OZZI a shot and share your experience with us.