Don't Students Deserve To Compost?

October 25, 2010

It seems like HFS has set out to prove to residents that composting food and service items from their rooms is a privilege, not a right. And I thought the UW was committed to sustainability.

Composting is one of the ways that the UW stands out as “green,” in the color’s purest hue. Michael Meyering, HFS manager for Project and Sustainability, said that about 600 tons of waste was composted last school year.

This year, HFS has discontinued keeping compost bins on every floor of Terry, Lander and Haggett Halls in favor of having one bin per residence hall.

Where Are The Bins?

October 19, 2010

Students returning to some residence halls this year may have noticed that there is no longer a compost bin on their floor. Last year, HFS placed compost bins on every floor of Terry, Lander and Haggett halls. But this year, after looking at costs, HFS has ended the one-bin-per-floor system. Each residence-hall building now has one compost bin, bringing composting to some halls for the first time.

Filling In The Gap

April 5, 2010

Residence halls and dining facilities generated 600 tons of compost at the UW last year, and some ASUW senators are attempting to increase this effort with a resolution to expand composting to other areas of campus.

The resolution recommends that UW Recycling and Solid Waste create a pilot program to place compost bins in buildings throughout campus. ASUW will vote on the legislation in the coming weeks.

“Right now, we have the momentum,” said Matt Zemek, ASUW senator and sponsor of the resolution. “I saw that HFS had a very successful composting program.”

AASHE Interview Series: JR Fulton, Capitol Planning and Sustainability Manager, HFS UW

March 12, 2010

This week’s interview is with JR Fulton, who works as the Capital Planning and Sustainability Manager for Housing & Food Services (HFS), at the University of Washington. Continue reading to learn more about JR's work promoting sustainability, the many ways HFS at UW works with students and the advice he has for other campus sustainability professionals. Also, be sure not to miss his ideas on the need to make campus sustainability "go viral"!

Throwing In The Paper Towel

January 21, 2010

Bathrooms in the residence halls tore through 14,000 rolls of paper towels from March to October 2009, a number that got Kara Tebeau thinking about waste — how much we put out as a society and as students.

“UW is a really sustainable, green campus; we set the bar when it comes to being green, right? Why don’t we be green in every way we can?” Tebeau, a member of Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) said.

At last - A soda cup lid that is compostable

October 15, 2009

UW Housing and Food Services is one step closer to reaching its goal of zero-waste with the introduction of the first compostable soda cup lid.
Previously the on-campus community was taught to compost both the straw and cup, but to remove the lid. A compostable soda straw has been used on campus for over two years and a compostable cold-beverage cup has been in use since November of 2008. The lid was the missing link up until last week.
Now when a soda cup is purchased on campus, every piece is compostable--making composting more user-friendly.

WA State Recycling Association awards HFS Recycler of the Year (ROY)

April 24, 2008

University of Washington Housing and Food Services was recognized as Recycler of the Year for overcoming significant barriers to expand residence hall recycling. Assisted by a residence hall student organization, SEED (Students Expressing Environmental Determination), HFS created a program for composting post-consumer food in dining halls and other food outlets.

Compostable Coca-Cola cup launched at UW

January 7, 2009

The UW is the pilot site for the first compostable paper cup designed specifically for soft drinks.
The cup, developed for Coca-Cola fountain drinks, was created by International Paper in cooperation with the UW and Cedar Grove Composting. With the addition of the compostable cup, there is a potential that 150,000 fewer cups will go to landfills annually, and the University's impact on the environment will be lessened.

New Utensils Not The Only Green In HFS Salads

October 17, 2007

Students in the residence halls are struggling to eat their food. The chief culprits in this dilemma are the compostable, corn-based cutlery now being used by Housing and Food Services (HFS) as part of a composting and recycling program.

The new cutlery was implemented this year as part of the larger composting program instituted last February. HFS ultimately hopes to achieve a "zero waste target" through this program.

"Last year, we bought over 3,000,000 forks, knives and spoons, and they all went to a landfill," said Michael Meyering, HFS project manager.