Q. Is organic waste from campus composted?
A. Yes and no. One hundred percent of campus yard waste, including lawn clippings and fallen tree limbs, is repurposed as mulch or organic soil amendments.
In the fall of 2011, Wake Forest Dining Services performed a waste audit to see just how much waste is generated on a standard day in the Fresh Food Company. The results of this audit informed an ongoing pre-consumer waste composting pilot in the Reynolda Fresh Food Company. The pilot has been successful so far and has helped ARAMARK management and employees see how they can minimize waste in food prep as well as how it can be composted successfully. As of the beginning of February, all pre-consumer food waste from the Fresh Food Company is being picked up and taken to Gallins Family Farm for composting. This has kept hundreds of pounds of food waste out of the landfill every week.
The ultimate goal is to capture post-consumer food waste in the Fresh Food Company dish room as well. While the materials handling equation is worked out (it’s tough to get all that wet waste out to the loading dock for removal), it’s important for you to do your part to keep food waste to a minimum. Take only what you will eat and eat everything you take when eating at this “all-you-care-to-eat” establishment.
Food waste from the theme houses on Polo Road and from the Campus Kitchen Fresh Market runs is composted at the campus garden (behind 1141 Polo Road).
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as the composting program grows and evolves.