Composting Food Waste

A major portion of the University's waste stream is food waste. Approximately 600 tonnes of organic material are produced per year, 400 tonnes of which is material that can be recycled. A 1991 pilot composting project at Minota Hagey Residence resulted in four composters being installed. These have been used by residents ever since. During a 1992 three week audit of St.Paul's and St. Jerome's Colleges' residence cafeterias, 12,000 meals were served and 1666 liters of compostable waste was produced or 0.14 L /meal served. Composters have been purchased and are to be installed in the summer of 95. In the summer of 94 vermicomposting was started in several offices on campus. In 1994 a follow up study of composting at Minota Hagey Residence, the ES coffee shop, and WPIRG revealed the need for better maintenance of the composters themselves. A better way of introducing new users to the "how-tos" of composting is needed. Projects are available either on the world wide web or in the Dana Porter (Arts) Library, Special Collections.

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Last updated: August 16, 2004 plc