Starting in Spring 2018, WKU will be composting kitchen food waste in all dining locations as well as post-consumer food waste at select locations.
How is it collected?
Food waste is collected in special green containers located in the kitchen of every dining location. WKU Dining staff will weigh any food waste produced and then place it in the green bin. These bins are then collected by the grounds crew and replaced with a clean bin.
Where does it go?
After food waste is collected, it is taken to Baker Arboretum or the WKU Agriculture Farm. At Baker Arboretum, the food waste is placed in an In-vessel Composting Digester. This piece of equipment breaks down the food waste at a faster rate than traditional composting. After the food waste is broken down, it is used as nutrients for the trees in the Arboretum.
Any food waste that can't be taken to the Arboretum is taken to the WKU Ag. Farm. At the farm, the food waste is incorporated to their leaf composting efforts. The finished compost is sold to the public with the revenue funding student scholarships.
Composting reduces the amount of food waste entering landfills while also nurturing the land. Composting is one way WKU can take responsibility for their waste and build a more sustainable future.
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