Push for the Construction of Composting Facility and Proper Disposal of Organic Waste
OSU’s Sustainability Goals state that we want to be diverting 90% of our total waste from landfills by 2025 (their definition of zero waste). According to a draft of the university’s diversion report, we were only at 31.9% in 2019 and 37.0% in 2020. While there is some composting in certain dining locations on the Columbus campus, several locations have no or limited composting and there is limited composting in residence halls and libraries. OSU’s Sustainability Institute has cited limited funds, lack of space, aesthetic concerns, and limited capacities of external facilities to handle all of the university’s compostable waste as reasons for not having sufficient composting on the Columbus campus. Not having a composting facility on or near campus gives students studying sustainability, soil science, and related fields limited access to study composting directly, despite the necessity of composting in the near future.
Off-campus students, especially those living in apartments, have few opportunities to compost the waste they create in their homes. Many students lack the funds and knowledge necessary to successfully compost, which increases the waste of the off-campus living area and wastes the nutrients from food waste that could be used.
Maddie and Sri will continue the Sustainability Committee’s work towards having all compostable waste on campus be composted in a way that also supports research and education at Ohio State by working with the Sustainability Institute, the Office of Student Life, Dining Services, and other areas of the university to:
Composting on- and off-campus, as well as on regional campuses, will help the university do its part in getting the world to a sustainable future that doesn’t rely on landfills and waste energy and nutrients from compostable waste that could be used.