Blog Post

The Quad, Boston University’s Independent Online Magazine, discussed the food diversion initiatives currently underway at the university. Hallie Smith, author of the post, used RecyclingWorks Food Waste Estimation Guide, to calculate the average food waste generated at Boston University (BU).

To reduce this food waste the university has implemented diversion and prevention programs. According to the blog, BU diverted 1,149 tons of waste from landfills in 2012. As a way to reduce food waste the university went trayless, and has helped students from taking more food than they can eat.

The blog highlights the need for students to think before they grab more food from the buffet style cafeterias. Diversion tactics such as composting and donation are beneficial to reducing food waste but waste also occurs at the plate. Students can help reduce waste by increasing awareness of what they are scooping onto their plates.

RecyclingWorks helped Boston University Dining Services institute a composting program in 2007. RecyclingWorks trained employees and the management team on separating organics, cardboard, cans and bottles and recycled used fryer oil. In addition to assisting with the training and implementation of the program, RecyclingWorks also provided recommendations for signage to reduce contamination issues. RecyclingWorks posted a Boston University Case Study about the composting initiative.

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