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The number of cafeteria customers who buy their food or coffee “to-go” has increased significantly since 2018. As a result, the costs for disposable packaging have increased significantly. In 2018 alone, the disposable take-away containers for the cafeteria lunch cost over € 10,000. In addition, there are the costs for the takeaway containers at the salad bars and for hot drinks in the café bars.
Out of fairness towards the cafeteria guests, who enjoy their food and coffee comfortably on site, we cannot pass these costs on to all cafeteria guests. It is therefore necessary to take a surcharge when using disposable packaging.
The surcharges have been in effect since April 23, 2019:
If you enjoy your lunch, your salad and your coffee or tea in the cafeteria or cafebar and do not use disposable packaging, there are of course no additional costs. The same applies if you bring your own reusable cup and use the decanter (see below).
Where have there been changes since April 23, 2019?
We prepare fresh meals for you every day in all the canteens and cafebars. For this purpose, the canteen teams stand in the kitchen every day from 6 a.m., chop, cook and sizzle so that you can eat a healthy and delicious meals.
In the cafe-bars, all bread rolls and baguettes are as well freshly served every day.
In your canteens you mostly get regional and seasonal products and ingredients. We have been working closely with the following suppliers from the Central Germany region for many years:
If you want to enjoy your coffee or tea specialties from your own reusable cup, no problem. Unfortunately we cannot fill your reusable cups directly. For example, due to different sizes, they often do not fit under our machine. Just let the personnel know and you will receive your hot drinks in the decanter [Umfüllbecher].
You can also produce less garbage at our self-service counters: you can fill your drinks in hard plastic cups in the canteens Merseburg, Franckesche Stiftungen, Harzmensa, Heidemensa and Weinbergmensa. Simply place them on the tray after eating so that they can also be cleaned.
Of course, our porcelain is even better: just drink your tea or coffee on site, take your time, enjoy the taste.
Thanks to its regular, diverse range of vegan dishes, your Harzmensa is one of the most vegan-friendly canteens in Germany and has been awarded by PETA e.V. Deutschland since 2016. In 2019 the Harzmensa received THREE from a total of four stars for vegan friendliness. Curious? Click here for the menu!
The Heidemensa is not only our youngest, but also our most modern canteen with regard to the use of renewable energy.
Thanks to geothermal energy, the water in the heating system is preheated and there is only few energy required to generate the flow temperatures required in winter. Thanks to wall heating, the heat is radiated comfortably evenly and no space for radiators is lost in the guest rooms. The highlight: the system is reversed in summer and cools the walls so that no air conditioning is required.
On the roof surface, a powerful photovoltaic system with the most modern solar cells generates electricity, which is fed into the grid for a fee and thus drastically reduces electricity costs.
The rainwater is collected and processed in a cistern under the Heidemensa and used as process water e.g. used in toilet flushing. This not only saves water and wastewater costs, but also the environment.