Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.95
Liaison John Alejandro
Submission Date March 11, 2014
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University of San Diego
OP-T2-8: PostConsumer Food Waste Composting

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Michael Catanzaro
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a postconsumer food waste composting program?:

A brief description of the postconsumer food waste composting program:

The main dining area at USD is home to a BioHiTech Food Digester that transforms 3,200 pounds of food waste into water each week. The digester uses a highly specialized formula of micro-organisms to break down food waste and reduces the amount of solid waste for disposal. This system has diverted waste from landfills and decreased fuel consumption. According to BioHiTech America, operating the company’s 1200 model at full capacity for 1-year will reduce emissions of 470,000 pounds of CO2 and 58 MTCE of greenhouse gases.
The food waste disposed at the composting bins by campus residents is composted and used at the University garden by the Be Blue Go Green garden club.

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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