APPENDICES

APPENDIX #1

Interview Questions for the Source at St. Jerome's College:

1) What is your role in the composting system at St. Jerome's College?

2) How well is the composting system currently functioning (i.e., Is it working year-round)?

3) Who puts the organic waste into the composting bins?

4) Who empties and turns the compost in the bins?

5) How is the finished compost used around the College or UW?

6) Do you believe that all of the participants are doing their share with the composting system (i.e., Are kitchen staff and patrons co-operating)?

7) What problems have you faced with the composting system since it was started?

8) How have these problems been resolved?

9)What have the benefits of composting been for the college?

10) Are there any additional comments that you would like to add?

**NOTE: These questions have been approved from the Office of Human Research

APPENDIX #2

Interview Questions for St. Paul's United College (Peter Frick - Dean of Residence, Helga Mills-Principal, Ron Turner - Head Chef.)

1) Are you aware of the past proposal in 1992, by an ERS 285 group, to implement a composting system at St. Paul's?

2) In your opinion, is a composting system feasible at St. Paul's? Please explain your answer.

3) What do you believe are the benefits of composting?

4) What do you believe are the challenges and problems with a composting system?

5) If changes were made to the 1992 proposal, taking into consideration the benefits and problems you listed, would you be willing to consider our recommendations for a composting system at St. Paul's?

6) Are there any additional comments that you would like to add?

**NOTE: These questions have been approved from the Office of Human Research

APPENDIX # 3

Troubleshooting Chart1

Symptoms

Problem

Solution

Bad Odour Not enough air

Too wet!

Turn material

Mix in dry material such as leaves or soil

Move to a sunnier location

Put lid on composter

Nothing happening and pile is dry Not enough water

Compost is frozen

Moisten and mix

Decomposition will begin again in the spring

Compost is too wet Area of poor drainage

Compost is uncovered

Too much kitchen waste, and not enough yard waste

Move to sunnier location

Put lid on to control wetness level

Add more yard waste

Insects/Animal pests Not covering food waste

Possible meat or fatty foods in composter

Dig in food immediately or cover with soil

Do not add any of these

Put lid on composter

Enclose or line composter with wire mesh

Weeds in compost Addition of weeds with seeds Remove weeds and do not add weeds with seeds

Reference

1Durham Region, (1995). Compost Right! Ontario: Durham Region


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