Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.93
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2013
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Iowa State University
OP-T2-8: PostConsumer Food Waste Composting

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Nancy Levandowski
Campus Dining Services
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Does the institution have a postconsumer food waste composting program?:

A brief description of the postconsumer food waste composting program:

At the dining centers, post-consumer wastes go through the dish line where employees sort out waste. Everything that is compostable goes though the pulper, a machine that runs through water from wastes, condenses it down and makes it solid to the bottom of the pulper and then into the trashcan. In addition to food waste, napkins and other compostable dinnerware are added to the materials destined to the compost facility.

The compostable wastes are then taken to the ISU compost facility at the Research Farms located southwest of Ames. The compost is then blended with sand and soil, and the amended soil is used for landscaping new construction projects, existing buildings, and planting beds. The facility has also been approved for wholesaling, so it sells the compost to state nurseries and private companies such as those for landscaping.

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2014

The percentage of overall meals for which postconsumer composting is available:

The percentage of meal plan meals for which postconsumer composting is available:

The percentage of retail facilities for which postconsumer composting is available:

The percentage of conference meals for which postconsumer composting is available:

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

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