University Dining and Waste Reduction & Recycling partnered to implement the program. To reduce the possibility of contaminating the compost material, University Dining has removed all plastic utensils and trash cans in serving and seating areas of the dining halls. In kitchen areas, trash cans have been replaced with bins for trash, compost and recycling.
Randy Lait, director of University Dining said, “University Dining made the decision to compost after Waste Reduction & Recycling’s January (2010) waste audit which found that 70 percent of waste generated at Fountain Dining Hall was compostable.”
Brooks Composting Facility, located in Goldston, NC, was chosen to convert the compost to soil.
Randy Lait continued, “It is apparent that University Dining could have a significant impact on the University’s future goals.”