If you look in the dining hall at Shippensburg University, you may notice something is missing.
No one is carrying their meals purchased at the dining hall on trays.
I know when visitors come here they notice, 'Where are the trays?' but I don't really notice it very much," says Megan Buckheit, a junior. "I think it's a good idea."
The dining hall went trayless two years ago and the school says they are seeing the benefits
One of the ideas behind just using plates is kids will eat less and waste less. The school says the amount of waste they throw away has decreased by about 2,500 pounds a week!
The trash bags aren't the only things losing weight, those with dining services say since going tray-less, they've had fewer inquiries from students on how to lose "The Freshman 15."
"I know when I go up, I don't want to keep going up and back, up and back," says Buckheit. "It makes me eat less.
"It could be a coincidence but I think there's some correlation," says Nick Iula, director of Dining Services.
Going trayless also made the dining hall more eco-friendly .
"The trays have a lot of surface area so by not using the trays, we save a lot of hot water and we save a lot of soap," says Iula. "And that doesn't go into the environment."
Dining services at Shippensburg University says there are trays still available for those who are elderly or disabled.