Composting at Grenfell
One of the main focuses of Grenfell Campus's Sustainability Committee is determining best sustainability practices for our campus, specifically in regards to waste management. Several studies and initiatives have been conducted on campus, including the recent offering of backyard composters to faculty, staff, and students. Research activity has included studies such as "Gauging the Grenfell Campus Community's View on Composting and Potential On-Campus Composting Options" (Jason Diamond, Grenfell Campus, April 28, 2017), which demonstrates that organic waste makes up 30% of industrial waste, which could all be diverted by composting. To tackle this issue, organic waste has become the forefront of waste management efforts on campus.
Education is critical when it comes to waste management; we are always working to hold information sessions to inform the Grenfell community on how they can maximize the efficiency of the composting programs available.
Progression of Composting on Grenfell Campus
Grenfell Campus's Sustainability Committee has been working with members of the Grenfell community to figure out options for composting after the industrial-grade composter was closed in 2016. Dedicated members of the Grenfell Campus Waste Management Committee (GWMC), both students and faculty, took on the need for composting and funded for two Joracan NE401 rotating composters (left) and built a backyard composter (right): check out the whole story here. In an effort to further encourage accessibility, GWMC placed green collection bins in student residences and organized volunteers to collect compost on a weekly basis. These composters are located behind the Forestry Centre and are available to the Grenfell community, but are limited to only fruit/vegetable waste (no meats or dairy). Once the compost is completely decomposed, it provides fresh compost to the Community garden!
To support the growing need for campus-wide composting, the Sustainability Committee in collaboration with Facilities Management began a partnership with R&D Diversions in 2019 to implement an industrial composting program, which quickly became a huge success. From the pilot project beginning with 10 bins, composting on the Grenfell campus has doubled the number of bins to 20 and increased the total amount of compost collected by R&D Diversions by over 425% in just four months (below)! By the end of December 2019, Grenfell had diverted 1138.4 kilograms of organic waste from the landfills!
R&D composting bins are located around campus in the following areas:
- Forest Centre: Atrium, second floor
- Fine Arts Building: Atrium, second floor
- Arts and Science extension 3rd floor: Near the elevator
- Arts and Science extension 2nd floor: Near the elevator
- Arts and Science Building 3rd floor: Next to the library link
- Arts and Science Building 2nd floor: Near "Crossroads"
- The Grove: Dining Hall (x2)
- The Grove: Kitchen (x2)
- Arts and Science Residences (x4)
- Residence Complex (x4)
- Library Complex