University of Maryland, College Park * Compost

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Post Consumer
Compost Pilot
in the
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland, College Park
SUMMARY
•Intro to Composting
•Infrastructure
•Training & Education
•Outreach
•Data
•Successes & Challenges
The STAMP
• Grant from 2011 Student Sustainability Fund
• Multi-unit Collaboration
• 17,000 guest on average per day to Stamp
• 10 food court vendors, full service restaurant and large
scale catering kitchen
STAMP STUDENT UNION
LOADING DOCK- Retro-fit
• Loading Dock Modifications
• New Compactor for Organics
STAMP STUDENT UNION KITCHENS
• Toters for all food court vendors
STAMP STUDENT UNION – FOOD
COURT
• Post-Consumer Compost Collection
• Utilized existing collection bins to create sorting stations
Initial tweaks…
• We make 3 stops
• Tray displays
STAMP STUDENT UNION RESTROOMS
• Converted existing
trash bins to compost
bins
• Added additional small
trash bin
TRAINING & EDUCATION
• Training
Sessions
• Vendor Flyers
OUTREACH
• Peer Education
Program
• Student Signage
Experiment
OUTREACH
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCriBsFp79Y
•Informative video
•Cohesive branding with campus
•Informational posters
•Peer Educator program
•Student Newspaper story
•Tray displays
INFORMATIONAL POSTERS
INFORMATIONAL POSTERS
ENGAGEMENT POSTERS
TRASH AUDIT – FALL 2013
TRASH AUDIT - RESULTS
Overall Compostion of Waste (percentage)
18%
Compost
22%
Recycle
60%
Trash
TRASH AUDIT - RESULTS
Composition of Landfill Bin
(%)
22%
Composition of Recycling
Bin (%)
Recycle Compost
14%
Landfill Compost
39%
Landfill Recycle
21%
57%
Landfill Trash
46%
Recycle Recycle
Recycle Trash
Composition of Compost Bin (%)
16%
5%
Compost Compost
79%
Compost Recycle
Compost Trash
TRASH AUDIT - RESULTS
Percentage of Waste Properly Sorted All Three Waste Streams Combined
46%
54%
Properly Sorted
Percent Improperly Sorted
CHALLENGES
•Contamination
•Guest education
•Coordination of volunteers
•Costs of bags
•Infrastructure
SUCCESSES!
•Collaboration
•Student engagement
•Culture change &
Interest
•Increase diversion rate
QUESTIONS?
Email [email protected]
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