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Cafeteria Trays & Compartemented Food Trays

What are school lunch trays made of? There are several material options available, including fiberglass and various types of plastic construction. Shop our vast assortment here, and learn more at the bottom of this page.

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Cafeteria Trays & Compartment Food Trays | Metal/Plastic
Central Restaurant Products has all the restaurant equipment and supplies for your commercial foodservice needs. Browse our diverse assortment of Compartment Cafeteria Trays here. Compartment trays are an ideal solution for school cafeterias, making it easy to serve a variety of lunches in different combinations and sizes. Trays are usually available in left or right hand configurations.

One common question is what are school lunch trays made of? There are several different material types you're likely to come across. Tray construction quality varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but some of the common types and general benefits include:
  • Fiberglass - perhaps the most durable of all tray materials, fiberglass trays often feature metal reinforcing rods to provide extra strength to eliminate the risk of warping. Dishwasher safe with a temperature range of 35°F to 200°F.
  • Melamine - resistant to scratching, breaking, chemicals and food acids. Melamine quality may vary, but high quality melamine features a heavy, rigid material that often replicates the look and feel of chinaware. Dishwasher safe and dries quickly. Temperature range of 0°F to 212°F.
  • Polycarbonate - also resistant to scratching, breaking and chemicals, polycarbonate trays are ideal for correctional facilities. Dishwasher safe with a temperature range of -40°F to 212°F
  • Polypropylene - the economical option. Durably stands up to everyday use and is resistant to chemicals. Temperature range of 30°F to 180°F.
  • Co-Polymer - also an economical choice, though not as durable as fiberglass, melamine or polycarbonate, co-polymer construction offers resistances to scratching or staining and is dishwasher safe.
  • ABS - ideal for general, everyday use. Break and scratch resistant, dishwasher safe and a temperature range of 0°F to 180°F.

For more information on cafeteria tray constructions, check out our buying guide here. For more information, call 800.215.9293 for expert product advice.