Submitted by Linda Aleci, Chair of the Sustainability Committee
The first load of organic waste was removed from Franklin & Marshall campus Friday morning, Nov. 15. F&M is currently doing pre-composting which takes place in the kitchen area of D-Hall, but through our new partnership with Environmental Recovery Corporation we are taking a major step forward to reduce our load on Lancaster's solid waste stream.
For many colleges and universities organic waste comprises a minimum 70% of their waste stream, so the significance of the efforts of everyone involved in this initiative deserves our recognition. This announcement represents months of collaboration, problem-solving, and "back-of-the-house" work on the parts of very dedicated individuals.
I am very excited to share this news, on behalf of Ted Schmid and the Grounds team, Facilities & Operations, and the Composting Working Group of the Sustainability Committee.
Further reason to be proud: as E.R.C.'s first customer, F&M is helping lead the way for other institutions in Lancaster County to follow suit.
Pictures are posted on the Wohlsen Center Facebook page, if you are so inclined to take a look (they have already begun to be shared around the County): https://www.facebook.com/TheWohlsenCenterForTheSustainableEnvironment
More exciting compost updates are coming in January, so stay tuned.
all the best,
Linda Aleci, Chair