Our grounds staff composts the leaves from our lovely campus trees so that we do not have to pay for leaf removal. The result: a much richer soil for our grass, plants and trees to grow in. Some leaves are cut up and mulched back into the grass as they are mowed. Some are removed to the forested area behind our playing fields or are used on our organic farm.
Ursinus College started composting food scraps from the Wismer Dining Hall in the Fall of 2009. The Ursinus Environmental Studies faculty and students have collaborated with Andy Feick Director of Facilities Services, Ron Wood General Manager of Dining Services, and a local composting site to create a compost program that helps reduce campus waste, support local sustainable business and transform a raw material such as food waste into a renewable resource, compost. Our food waste is ground up, drained of water, and then sent to a compost facility near Pottstown - ArbOrganic Acres. Composting took years to get up and running on campus, and finally after all the hard work that students, faculty and staff put into making this program successful here at Ursinus, we have taken another step towards building a more sustainable community.
What do we compost at the Dining Hall?
All food preparation scraps
All leftover food waste - (including meat and dairy)
Paper napkins and paper food boats
Have food scraps you would like to compost?
Contact Ron Wood at Dining Services - firstname.lastname@example.org and ask if you can drop it off, he is always more than happy to talk about composting. Make sure those food scraps do not have any contamination in them (i.e. chip bags, trash, and other non food items).