In 2013 Worcester State University started a food waste composting program in order to move forward with ongoing efforts to make the campus more sustainable. These efforts are also a step forward to achieve the goals of the Climate Action Plan.
The goal of the new composting program is to divert food waste from rotting in the landfill to being reused as a valuable resource. Food waste is orananic matter that decomposes overtime and becomes nutrient rich compost that supplements soil, benefits agriculture, and reduces the amount of material in landfills.
So far, an average of 2 tons/month of food waste is sent out to be composted. This food waste comes from about 2,000 meals/day that are served in the Student Center dining hall.