Logo for Stony Brook University

The dirt on composting at SBU

(Kitchen Food Composting at Roth Quad)

kitchen food composting at roth quad

Stony Brook University's composting project is a joint venture between Campus Dining Services, the Faculty Student Association (FSA), and Campus Operations and Maintenance. FSA staff volunteer their time to administer the composting project in addition to their regular job duties here on campus.

Composting is a process that turns organic waste into nutrient rich soil. From October 2009 through the first week of February 2016, the University processed 200,000lbs of waste into 85,000lbs of compost. This included fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds and other pre-consumer food scraps.

Dining service employees must first separate the biodegradable waste from other kitchen waste. Scraps from the kitchens of the Stony Brook Union, H-Commissary, Roth Dining Center, and West Side Dining are transported two times a week to the composter located at the Roth Dining Center loading dock. There, FSA mixes the food waste with the bulking agent (sawdust) and sends it into the aerobic Compost Vessel. After two to three weeks, Campus Operations and Maintenance removes the compost and it is brought to an area where it is cured for future use on campus.

Campus Dining Services and the FSA are committed to this project to reduce the amount of material sent to landfills, the use of fossil fuels, and the University's carbon footprint. Aerobic composting, unlike anaerobic landfill degradation, does not result in the release of methane, a gas that is reported to be 25 times more powerful as a global warming agent than carbon dioxide.

For more information visit Stony Brook Dining

Created by Application Support for Administration
Sustainability @ Stony Brook University