Composting at SFU

Starting in September, the cafeterias at SFU will be a little greener.

A pilot project promoted by Sustainable SFU aims to have all pre-consumer organic waste and kitchen scraps in SFU food service cafeterias sent away for composting by the end of September. If successful, the project may provide the motivation to start a cross-campus composting program.

Other composting attempts at SFU in the past have failed due to lack of interest and education, but the town of Ladysmith on Vancouver Island has been fairly successful in incorporating composting in with its municipal recycling and garbage disposal programs.

From what I’ve heard, at least 40% of household waste is compostable. Currently, Vancouver’s garbage is trucked all the way out to a landfill in Cache Creek, which will likely be full by 2008. The cost of disposing of garbage this way is rising with the price of oil, and there isn’t exactly an abundance of places out there to put landfills. It will be interesting to see what happens at SFU.

2 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    I moved to Vancouver a few months ago. I was shocked and disappointed to find out there is no city-wide composting service. Heck, even Toronto has a green bin program. I thought Vancouver would be more environmentally progressive.

  2. Erin (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 1:37 am

    Yes, I don’t see why we don’t have a composting program already. It makes so much sense.

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