Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Virginia Tech
OP-T2-7: Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Rial Tombes
Sustainability Coordinator
Dining Services
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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:

Virginia Tech Dining Services began to compost its pre-consumer food waste in January of 2009 at our pre-preparation food processing center on campus, Southgate. All of our compost, pre and post-consumer, is picked up and processed by a local family operation located just miles away in Riner, VA. The pre-consumer composting program has largely expanded in the years following 2009. It now includes D2, DXpress, Owens Food Court, ABP Squires, ABP GLC, Hokie Grill, West End Market and Turner Place.

In the 2012 calendar year, Dining Services diverted just above 500 tons from the landfill through our composting efforts.

For an article about Dining Service’s composting program please see: http://blogs.roanoke.com/ticker/2011/04/12/virginia-tech-cuts-waste-with-dining-services-composting-program/

For more information about the company that processes Virginia Tech’s compostable material please see: http://www.poplarmanorenterprises.com/

For a complete list of Virginia Tech’s Dining Centers please see:

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The percentage of meal plan meals for which pre-consumer scraps are composted:

The percentage of retail facility meals for which pre-consumer scraps are composted:

The percentage of conference meals for which pre-consumer scraps are composted:

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