Julie Muir, manager of Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc. (PSSI) at Stanford — which manages compost, recycling, and waste on campus — said incorrect bags are a major issue when it comes to composting.
The Coffee Run aims to redistribute coffee waste, using the waste as fertilizer and compost. It combines two fads of the day: coffee addiction and a Deliveroo-style delivery system.
This month, Stanford has joined more than 450 other universities nationwide in RecycleMania, an initiative that promotes student awareness about the ecological impact of individual and collective actions.
There are people in this country and around the world who are hungry because of food distribution practices. As a part of a large institution with the power to influence others, you have the ability to impact the food system. Be vocal about what types of food you want to see in the dining halls and reflect those demands in the action of eating a low waste diet.
For many students, the bright red and green compost bins in campus dining halls might simply be part of a mundane, meal-time ritual. It’s easy to sort one’s scraps and napkins into separate bins, or the same bin for the less conscientious, and not really know what happens after the scraps are taken away.
The Palo Alto Green Energy Initiative (PAGEI) kicked off its petition drive in front of City Hall on Sept. 25, calling for an initiative on the November 2011 ballot for the rededication of 10 acres of Byxbee Park for a composting operation. The initiative supports the construction of a composting operation, or anaerobic digestion facility, on 10 of the 127 acres scheduled to be turned into parkland when the Byxbee Park landfill closes in 2012–but it is facing some community opposition.
After a discussion that divided the throng of environmentalists in attendance and lasted late into the night, the City of Palo Alto decided this week to take another look at processing its own compost. The 5-4 city council decision means the city will study the economic and environmental feasibility of building a compost facility at the northeast end of Palo Alto.
The recent installation of compost bins at some campus eateries and lessons in a new civil and environmental engineering class may signal a change in the way Stanford manages waste.