Lehigh University students working to compost dining hall waste

In the past eight weeks, the students created a compost pile of over 425 pounds of food.

BETHLEHEM, Pa.—All-you-can-eat college dining halls are prime spots for food waste.

Lehigh University's dining halls certainly fit that trend, junior Alec Entress said. Entress was part of a group that conducted a waste audit in the spring at Lehigh's largest dining hall and found students on average throw out one-quarter pound of food per meal.

Entress also is part of a group that wanted to do something about all of Lehigh's food waste. Two recent graduates, Camille Delavaux and Rachel Henke, started a small-scale composting effort last year. Another recent grad, Eric Weiss, conducted research on how Lehigh could conduct a campus-wide composting effort.

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