Western Kentucky University turns food waste into fertilizer

The food waste collection system breaks down waste into small pieces and extracts most of the water.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—Turning food waste into fertilizer is one of the ways Western Kentucky University is demonstrating sustainability.

The renovation of Fresh Food Company in the Downing Student Union provided a unique opportunity to implement food composting from the dining hall.

In collaboration between Dining Services; Department of Facilities Management; Planning, Design and Construction; the Office of Sustainability; and the Baker Arboretum, a pre and post consumer food waste collection system was designed into the DSU renovation.

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