Benedictine University has received a $46,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to start a composting program.
Benedictine is currently in the process of building the new dock that will house the compost.
The Food Scrap Composting Revitalization Advancement Program will allow the university to divert more than 52.5 tons of food per year from landfills.
“We will train kitchen staff and students to scrape plates and put leftover food in the correct bins to be taken to the compost,” said Jean-Marie Kauth, Associate Professor at Benedictine University and co-chair of the sustainability committee.
The move toward composting food waste is just the latest in a line of green efforts by the university.
A student led community garden has provided modest contributions to the dining hall and composting would bring the lessons of sustainability full circle.
The initiative will also create jobs for students who will manage the diversion program.
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