Given that 40% of food in the U.S. goes uneaten and food waste contributes to climate change when disposed in a landfill, Loyola is taking bold action to address the food waste crisis by implementing an array of compost programs. By composting, much needed nutrients are brought back to soils yielding more delicious crops while reducing the use of synthetic fertilizers.
Campus Compost Collective—“The Bucket” Program
The Campus Compost Collective is a program in which students living on campus, in agreement with their roommates, can place their food scraps in a one-gallon bucket for weekly collection.
Acceptable items include produce, meat, cheese, grains, coffee grounds, coffee filters, paper napkins, and non-waxy paper plates and cups.
The program is open during the academic year: late August to mid-May with temporary suspensions during winter, spring and summer breaks.
Filled buckets are collected on a weekly basis, and food scraps are sent to a commercial compost facility.
Faculty and staff are also encouraged to participate. We are happy to provide buckets to department kitchens.
To participate as a STUDENT who lives on campus only, download the Student Compost Guide, sign the Campus Collective Student Agreement, and e-mail your signed agreement to Gina Lettiere at email@example.com. From there, we’ll coordinate a time for you to pick up your bucket.
To participate as a FACULTY or STAFF, download the Employee Compost Guide, sign the Campus Collective Employee Agreement, and e-mail your signed agreement to Gina Lettiere at firstname.lastname@example.org. From there, we’ll coordinate a time for you to pick up your bucket.
Commercial Scale Composting
Launched in August 2012, this program collects produce scraps from food preparation and plate-waste from Simpson Dining Hall on the Lake Shore Campus. More than 62 tons of food scraps were hauled to a commercial compost facility during the pilot year. In 2013, expansion of this program will include food scrap collection from Simpson Dining Hall, Engrained Cafe, and De Nobili residence hall.
Compost Collection Network
Through a grant from the Seale Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Loyola is reaching beyond the classroom and into the surrounding business community to catalyze composting. To learn more, go here.
Winthrop Demonstration Garden
The Urban Agriculture Demonstration Gardens Project gives students the experience to learn about aerobic composting, urban agriculture, and benefits to the community when area businesses start composting. Produce scraps and leaves decompose to create rich nutrients when applied to the garden beds.