Campus to Operate as a Living Laboratory

Princeton University to Compost Food Waste with FOR Solutions On-Site System

Princeton University’s Facilities Organisation has selected FOR Solutions Model 1000 Composting System to add to its sustainability efforts.

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Princeton University’s Facilities Organisation has selected FOR Solutions Model 1000 Composting System to add to its sustainability efforts.

The company explained once installed on the campus, its composting system will divert uneaten food generated on campus from being landfilled, recycling it into a nutrient-dense, high-quality compost.

Princeton University said that it is committed to using the campus as an educational and operational living laboratory to provide the campus community direct access to a range of repeatable, scalable solutions to global sustainability issues.

According to the USEPA, the U.S. sends more than 30 million tonnes of uneaten food to landfill each year, recycling less than three percent of what is generated.

FOR Solutions Composting Systems include an aerobic in-vessel rotary drum digester to recycle uneaten food into compost in five days. It is claimed tob e a virtually odourless process that requires no supplemental heat or enzymes.

The company added that its composters are optimised for large institutions such as colleges and universities, correctional facilities, municipalities, shopping mall food courts, hospitals, K-12 schools and school districts, and mid to large size businesses that currently send large amounts of uneaten food to landfills or incinerators. The system can process around 1000 pounds (454 kg) of uneaten food per weekday.

“Of key importance, the compost from the Model 1000 Composting System is a biologically active soil amendment that may be immediately land applied,” explained Shana Weber, Director of the Princeton University Office of Sustainability.

“We believe the most environmentally responsible way to manage uneaten food is to recycle its nutrients in order to restore depleted soils and reduce fossil fuel based inputs among many other considerations,” she concluded.

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