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.
Stanford has recently implemented a change in its Deskside Recycling and Mini Trash Bin Program in compliance with California’s goal to 75 percent recycling by 2020, partnering with the Peninsula Sanitary Services Inc. (PSSI), its waste management contractor.
For all its present-day pleasantries, the reality of life on a Hawaiian island also foreshadows humanity’s grim future of resource limitation and expensive essentials. Just like Oʻahu, Planet Earth is an island – with one key exception: there’s no mainland stockpile to bail it out.
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.