Feasibility study of composting at St. Jerome's and St. Paul's Colleges

TitleFeasibility study of composting at St. Jerome's and St. Paul's Colleges
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsS. Arsenault, L., T. Berglind, D. Berkhout, M. Johnson, R. Karith, and A. McManus
Keywordscomposting, food waste, residences, waste

Waste reduction is imperative. Canada’s Green Plan states that the amount of waste generated must be reduced by 50% by the year 2000 (using 1987 as the base year). The University of Waterloo and more specifically the WatGreen program, has dedicated itself to achieving a sustainable campus. The objective of the WatGreen program is for students to work with staff in a chosen area of the campus system to promote sustainability. In the beginning of the fall term, Patti Cooke, Waste Management coordinator for the University of Waterloo, received a written memorandum from Mr. Jim Robson, Head of Maintenance at St. Jerome’s College. The memo was in regards to the feasibility of implementing a composting program at the College. Specifically, Mr. Robson requested the following information: how much additional time is anticipated; how much space is necessary; what is the ideal location of the composters; and what is done with the compost? Mr. Robson’s memo was the impetus for a three week study that was consequently undertaken to determine the feasibility of composting at St. Jerome’s and St. Paul’s Colleges. This report is a documentation of the study of composting at the two colleges… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca