Iowa hospitals commit to reducing food waste

Hospital is responding to report that it threw away $181,000 worth of food last year.

Feb. 11—The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City, said this week it will change procedures to reduce food waste, following a Gazette investigation about the hospital throwing away $181,000 worth of prepared food last year.

The hospital, which serves about 10,000 meals a day, will eliminate Styrofoam and nonrecyclable plastic from its cafeterias, allowing the hospital to compost food waste, CEO Ken Kates told the Iowa Board of Regents. Changes will be made by the end of March.