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Recycling and Composting

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Boston College is a single-stream recycling institution meaning all recyclables—including glass, paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard—are collected in a single can, making recycling easier and more user-friendly than ever before! Adopting this system gives communities like BC the opportunity to work towards reducing waste and building a more sustainable future. Here is what BC Dining has been doing to ensure efficient use of products and material:

  • We crush metal cans in the kitchen to decrease the volume and the number of required vendor pickups
  • We installed double insulated, sealed grease tanks in all dining locations to prevent spillage during storage and extraction.
  • We filter oils a minimum of once per day to extend the life of cooking oils.
  • We regularly analyzes oil market conditions to ensure that we purchase the best oil with the longest fry life and health benefits
  • We package leftover food and donate leftover food through our student run club called Every Bite Counts

Composting: Q&A

What qualifies as compost? 

  • Here at BC Dining, our partner, Save That Stuff, collects all food waste as compost. This includes fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, bones and fat trimmings, dairy products, eggshells, and other organic wastes such as coffee grounds, paper napkins, and tea bags. 

Which BC Dining halls collect compost?

  • All BC Dining facilities collect and compost pre-consumer waste. This includes any excess food waste generated prior to being served to students. Pre-consumer food waste is the easiest to compost becasue it is already separated from the rest of the waste stream and can be sorted directly in the kitchen. It is more challenging to collect post-consumer waste, or the food left after consumption, because it is more likely to be contaminated with non-compostable scraps. At Boston College, only Corcoran Commons has the infrastructure to compost post-consumer waste, which is collected and sorted in the back by BC Dining employees. 

Who takes care of composting on campus?

  • Boston College proudly works with Save That Stuff to collect recyclables, compost and other trash materials from our campus. Successful composting, however, requires the awareness and committment of the entire BC community. Take it upon yourself to be an informed community member! Check out the Save That Stuff website for more information about composting, recycling, and other ways to divert food waste. 

Reducing Waste

BC Dining, in one year, reduced food waste in Corcoran Commons by 60% by using the LeanPath food waste tracking system as a tool to reduce waste.  Check out the article in Farm to Institution and the LeanPath article.

The February 17 meal consisted of leftover pre-consumer food scraps, like fried sweet potato peels and kale stem pesto with avocado.