Composting at St. Paul's

by: Andrea Fagan, Andrea Weido, Alison Haynes, Christa McIntyre, Loralyn Wild, Nikki Lee

Course: ERS 285, Winter 1997
Professor: James Kay

Abstract

Composting diverts organic waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill, thus the life of the landfill is extended. Composting is beneficial at UW because it results in a nutrient rich soil, and therefore, reduces the costs of fertilizer and soils that are purchased for landscaping. By implementing a composting program, St. Paul's College can be more sustainable.The focus of this study was to determine methods of composting that would be effective and efficient at St. Paul's College. We used three main questions to focus our research:

The methods we used to answer these questions included interviews, a mini waste audit, and general research. The issues we used to evaluate a composting program for St. Paul's involved the reduction of waste, participation and awareness.

By implementing a composting program, St. Paul's will be making a contribution towards a more sustainable University of Waterloo campus. By initiating composting at St. Paul's, the students and staff will become more environmentally conscious. This project was intended to give recommendations for the college on implementing an effective and manageable composting program.We hope that St. Paul's will consider our recommendations and implement a composting program based on our suggestions.

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