London, Ontario is home to 1 of 3 Orgaworld composting facilities in Canada. Western's organic waste, once picked up throughout our various locations on campus, is sent to London's Orgaworld facility, where it undergoes a Tunnel composting process. This technology uses forced aeration to process food, garden waste and other types of waste into compost. Orgaworld is able to recycle up to 96% of the waste received!
By adopting composting at home and by utilizing Western’s organics collection services when on campus, you can help reduce the size of landfills and reduce the amount of pollutants entering the air we breathe. Western has two different composting/organics collection systems. Listed below are all of the ways you can dispose of your organic waste at Western.
1) Many kitchens on campus have compost bins behind the scenes. They dispose of all pre-consumer food waste here, which is all of the scraps generated during food preparation.
2) If you’re living in a residence with a kitchen, you can save your food scraps from eating either in the cafeteria or in your room, and dispose of them in the “Organics” stream in the cafeteria. You can throw paper products in this stream too, such as napkins, tissues and paper plates without wax linings. If waste disposal is done back in the kitchen, you can leave all your compostables on a tray to be sent back to the kitchen.
3) Eat at the UCC Center Spot, the UCC Starbucks, Social Science Starbucks & Tim Horton's or the Tim Horton's in the Support Services Building. There are publicly accessible compost bins here! There is also a handy sign that displays which items are compostable.
4) If you have an office on campus or are in a program that has the majority of classes in the same room, enquire about receiving a small green bin for food waste. However, please note that this compost system is different than the other system previously described. These small green bins take everything you can eat, except for meat, and also take coffee grounds and tea bags. However, they do not take the same kind of paper products that would be able to go into campus’s kitchen or publically accessible bins. This is because these green bins are the responsibility of whoever is using them. All waste must be personally taken to the black compost cones located in the gardens throughout campus. In these cones, paper materials do not degrade fast enough and meat products can draw the attention of rodents. A benefit of using this system is that adding compost to these cones provides gardens with nutrients, and can decrease the amount of petroleum based fertilizers that are used on campus. To request a green bin for your office or classroom email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a list of items that you can dispose of in kitchen and cafeteria composters:
Western is attempting to become a Zero Waste Campus. This means that we are aiming to divert 90% or more of the University’s waste away from landfill either by recycling or composting. If staff, students and faculty all did a little bit more composting on campus, this could greatly help reduce the amount of waste that Western sends to the landfill each year. Reduce your impact on the environment and help Western reach its goals!