12/16/2013 Peter Durantine

Recycling Post-Consumer Student Waste Begins January 17

The Dining Hall's post-consumer waste from student plates, which includes food scraps, paper plates and cups, and compostable plastics such as cutlery starts Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

How to know what’s compostable waste? Let these questions guide you: Was it once alive? Can you eat it? Did you get it at D Hall? An affirmative answer to these questions means it’s a candidate for the compost bin.

  • compost dining hall mh 1 A Dining Hall compost bin where food scraps, paper plates and cups, and plastics such as cutlery are to be disposed for recycling into compost. (Photo by Melissa Hess)

This is the latest in Franklin & Marshall's sustainability efforts. Dining Hall kitchen wastes from food preparation began in November. A date has yet to be set for Phase 3: collection from satellite locations around campus.

Part of the Sustainability Master Plan initiatives to reduce waste, the post-consumer waste is taken to a commercial composting facility near Lancaster to become a rich soil amendment. Nearly all the waste from D Hall is now compostable.

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