Minota Hagey composting pilot project

TitleMinota Hagey composting pilot project
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsChapman, L., L. Flaherty, S. Hetherington, O. Pinho, and A. Spezowka
Keywordscafeterias, composting, food waste, residences, student engagement, waste

It was concluded in December 1990 that a composting pilot project should be performed to determine whether on campus composting is feasible. The food service location chosen for this program was Minota Hagey Residence since waste generation estimates were adequate and residents were receptive to the idea. Four SoilSver, Mark IV composters were generously donated by Barclay Recycling Incorporated. The study period ran from May 22, 1991 to July 3, 1991. As each resident prepares her/his own meal, the separation of the food waste occurred on a voluntary basis. During this time, the compostable waste was collected from the kitchen receptacles and placed in the composter(s) daily by a member of the University of Waterloo Campus Compost Committee (UWCCC). The compostable, kitchen and regular resident waste was weighed daily to determine waste diversion rates. Monitoring techniques were also performed to optimize the biodegradation process. At the end of the study period, approximately 430 lbs. had been diverted to the composters, or 51% of the kitchen waste. The final, high quality compost product will be placed on the Minota Hagey grounds, and used in the University of Waterloo (UW) greenhouse during the winter. The concept of composting was well received at the residence. Meetings were arranged between UWCCC and those residents willing to take over the project. Management of the system is presently being transferred to the residents and indications suggest that this self-sustainable system has a high potential for success. It is concluded that composting at Minota Hagey is feasible. Further investigation into compost program expansion on-campus will resume in the fall; currently, a potential candidate is the Graduate Houseā€¦ For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca