2nd Annual Food Waste Audit [Results]
On October 24 in the campus cafeteria the Sustainable Management Advisory Committee hosted its 2nd Annual Food Waste Audit. It is crazy that Americas’ per capita food waste has increased by 50% since 1974 and the average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day! We were on par with our results from the first year and hope that the event created a buzz on campus, and people will be more conscious of their waste.
519 pounds of net organic waste in one day!
Note: The 519 pounds is minus the bucket weight of what the waste was measured in. In total, there was 562 pounds of organic waste including bucket weight. Find out more about sustainability on campus here: http://www.mountunion.edu/sustainability.
Just as a refresher…a waste audit is a rather simple and a formal, structured process used to quantify the amount and types of waste being generated by an organization, in this case Mount Union’s student body. Information from audits will help identify current waste practices and how they can be improved. Being waste-wise can mean a more efficient and effective organization, reduced waste management costs and better use of limited natural resources.
Depending on the situation, there can be many objectives of an audit. Mainly it is to determine composition and quantities of waste being generated, to measure effectiveness of existing waste management systems, to identify opportunities for improving waste management systems and strategies and to collect baseline data for measuring the effectiveness of waste minimization strategies. For our event, it is more to create an awareness and try to change the mindset of a wasteful student body.
Don’t be wasteful. A lot of waste can be composted too. Find out how to build a compost bin here, and check out 75 things you can compost but thought you couldn’t, including: toilet paper rolls, sticky notes, tea bags, coffee grounds, pizza crust and moldy cheese, among others.