Thus far in 2015 (Jan-July) we have composted 39.17 tons. For comparison purposes, in all of 2014 Franklin and Marshall composted a total of 74.11 tons of food waste.
We continue to expand our collection to new events and venues. The biggest addition for the fall semester is the retail restaurant in the student center. The center has been filing nine 32-gallon toters for collection three days a week. We are experiencing some of the usual growing pains, with contamination rates higher than our dining hall. Signage, education, and various media are being used to reduce the contamination rate, as are adjustments to the tableware offered for use.
Another addition is theFair Trade Cafe', a student-run meal prepared weekly using local organic foods and served in our Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment.
Sodexo is using Lean Path, a sophisticated tracking system for monitoring pre-consumer waste with the eventual goal of reducing the waste.
As a side note, our compostables hauler is now removing animal bedding and plant waste from our biology/psychology lab building.