A partnership with a local waste management company means Grenfell Campus will have access to its former industrial-scale composter once again.
For budgetary reasons, Grenfell discontinued use of the composter in 2016 and began looking for interested parties who would operate it off-campus. Last year R&D Diversions stepped up, and over the next couple of weeks, the campus community will regain access to the composter.
"We are looking forward to our partnership with R&D Diversions to once again increase our composting efforts on Campus," said Rayna Luther, Director of Facilities Management and Ancillary Services.
Since 2016, composting has been handled by a committee of student volunteers, who fundraised for two tumbler composters and a home-built, larger box composter. The student-run compost program operates in student housing only, however; access to the industrial-scale composter will mean the entire campus will make a return to composting.
To start, as a pilot project, there will be 10 compost bins located across campus: . That number will likely increase when the bulk of students and faculty return for fall semester. R&D Diversions will provide pick-up service and will replace the full bins with clean ones on a weekly basis.
"We are very excited to be partnering with Grenfell on this initiative, said Jenny Hall, director, R&D Diversions Ltd. "It's a great learning opportunity for everyone involved and will potentially mean that 100 tons of food waste will be diverted from the landfill. Definitely a step in the right direction!"
The company also plans to pick up waste from Corner Brook City Hall as part of the pilot project. The company's long-term goal is to operate a large-scale compost facility that would take organic waste and turn it into a sellable product.
For more information about this pilot program, contact Ms. Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.