Park University Awarded Grant for Composting Food Waste

Park University has been awarded an $11,700 grant from the Mid-America Regional Council to begin collecting and composting all food waste produced at the University’s Parkville Campus cafeteria.

The new food waste project, “Making the Most of Compost,” will begin in January 2013 and will run through the calendar year. Starting in early 2013, Park cafeteria staff will collect all food waste that is created by diners in the cafeteria, including paper napkins and paper tray liners. The waste will be picked up three times per week by Missouri Organic’s Food Residuals Environmental Division. The waste will then be composted at Missouri Organic’s rural facilities and reused as compost.

Park’s proposal/writing team for the grant included Lucinda Noches Talbert, foundation relations manager in the Office of University Advancement; Angela Peterson, director of global education and study abroad; Rebecca Peck, associate vice president for finance and administration; and Kathleen Robey, food services director with Park’s Sodexo Campus Services. Robey will serve as the grant director.

The grant team estimates the project will divert 42 tons of waste from the landfill in its first year. Besides funding to pay for one year of Missouri Organic service, the grant also provides funds for waste containers, signage, education, marketing and student employees.

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