Penn campus composts food waste from all campus dining halls and adjacent restaurants and offices, leaves from the entire campus and farm waste from the New Bolton Center.
FOOD WASTE Composting
Bon Appétit at Penn Dining now composts food waste from all campus dining halls, an initiative that will divert an estimated 400 tons of food scraps from landfills annually.
Penn's Facilities and Real Estate Services has also partnered with local businesses to create the Moravian Street Recycling and Composting Center. At this center, waste from the adjacent restaurants and offices is captured and sorted, including food waste, fryer grease, and recyclables. This project was supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
100 percent of the leaves from Penn are composted on campus – over 650 cu yards annually – and used in university gardens, planting beds, and fields, saving both the cost and energy to dispose of the leaves and to bring compost to Penn.
The New Bolton Center’s large animal veterinary campus recycles 100 percent of its farm waste.