Mudie's Waste Audit

TitleMudie's Waste Audit
Publication TypeUnpublished
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsKing, K., A. Pilkington, and S. Myers
Date Published04/2005
Type of WorkUndergraduate Course Project
Keywordscafeterias, composting, food waste, residences

Composting is “the decomposition of organic materials, including food, yard and paper wastes, to produce a valuable soil amendment which can be used on lawns, flower and vegetable gardens, and indoor plants” (Drumm et. al, 2004). There have been multiple studies on the diversion of organic waste and composting across the University of Waterloo. Because the Village 1 cafeteria produces the largest amount of food waste on campus (McEachren, 2004), we believed that it was a necessary step towards the sustainability of the campus, and the objectives of WATgreen; “promoting an environmentally aware campus community” (WATgreen, 2005) to help promote waste diversion from landfills and determine if waste could be disposed of in a more sustainable manner. As a group we felt that by completing this study, we were assisting in the diversion of organic waste in the V1 cafeteria and perhaps even other cafeterias that may follow V1’s example. We acknowledge that diversion of food waste is an “end-of-line” solution and that waste reduction is a key method of reducing the environmental impact of sending waste to a landfill.