Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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Columbia University
OP-T2-7: Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Cathy Resler
Office of Environmental Stewardship
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Does the institution have a pre-consumer food waste composting program?:

A brief description of the pre-consumer food waste composting program:

Columbia Dining is contributing pre-consumer food scraps to an in-vessel composter the Rocket, that has been installed in Ruggles Hall. It is expected to produce about 160 gallons of compost in each two-week cycle based on an estimate of 400-lbs. of food scraps. Additionally, Columbia Dining recovers and recycles about 4,000 gallons of frying oil annually through The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing, and Able resource recovery program. All oil collected is recycled into biodiesel.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus hosts a “backyard compost project”. The project got under way with more than $400 in donations from scientists and staffers. The three-bin system, built of wood, chicken wire and fiberglass, receives from 60 to 100 gallon containers of food scraps each week from cafeteria food preparation and lunch scraps from two campus buildings.

Additional URLS regarding Cooking Oil Recycling:

Additional information about the Rocket composter:

The website URL where information about the composting program is available:

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