Food Waste

Food Waste

After breakfast, lunch and dinner in the campus dining hall, what happens to the food tossed out, left behind or not eaten?

Most people probably do not think about what happens to the scrap of food they do not finish eating in the dining halls on campus, about the chicken wing bones, the cupcake wrappers, the little bit of untouched macaroni and those paper straws that come with a Bolton milkshake. Compared to how much food a student consumes, perhaps only a small percentage of it remains on the plate as the tray moves along the conveyor belt and around the corner, out of sight.

That small percentage, however, equates to about 10 tons of food waste a week…10 tons?! Even if your school is smaller, the food waste each day or week most likely weighs more than you think and constitutes a clean-up-trash-recycle effort worth documenting.

In a related sense, explore the decision-making behind how much and what types of food and drink are purchased and served for each meal. Also, what are students’ favorite and least dining hall food?compost