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Campus food waste composting: Past failures and future possibilities

TitleCampus food waste composting: Past failures and future possibilities
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsJones, J., J. Kinney, K. Marten, and C. Prey
Keywordscomposting methods, food waste, food waste diversion, University of Waterloo, waste

This report is a WATgreen project that dealt with diverting food waste from landfills by the University of Waterloo. Five point nine tonnes of food waste is generated by UW weekly, thus there is a clear opportunity to not only save economically by diverting this waste, but to also act as an environmental steward. Several methods of food waste diversion were assessed, including five methods of composting and one method of food processing. The feasibility of each is discussed and compared using a list of criteria relevant to the UW waste management system. The cost calculated of each method was also compared to the current landfill system used by UW. Based on these criteria, a program with Kaster Processing, a food waste processing business located west of Kitchener, appears to be the most feasible option when compared to windrom composting, in-vessel technologies, backyard and vermicomosting methods, and the Worm Gin. A pilot program at the Village 1 cafeteria beginning in September of 2001 is recommended as a means to test the proposed Kaster Processing solution… For full text, please e-mail