Sunday, February 13, 2011
Composting in Small/Theme houses on campus.
Update on EMS House Compost: The EMS House organic waste now has a larger home. The compost is collected in a garbage can and is being transferred to the Scandling composting bins. I have begun to wonder why there isn't a larger composting project on campus. I think there should be compost collection from all the small houses and Odell's village on campus. Having a bin designated for organic waste that could be collected weekly could easily be added to the trash and recyclable collection that is performed by housekeeping. Hobart and William Smith Colleges collected about 48 tons of compost in 2009 (http://www.hws.edu/about/green/pdf/compost_0809.pdf). If the organic waste from the small/theme houses and Odell's village was collected and added to the composting that is collected from the HWS dining services and Scandling Center HWS could add to the total composting collected and lower the total waste. Upon doing research on the HWS campus composting project, I discovered that students created a "composting facility" in 2003. I am curious to know if this compost project is still being maintained or if Cayuga Compost, a project managed by P&S Excavating, is taking all the organic material collected by the campus.