11.16.2011 2011 Fall Convergence - Day 2
On day 2 of the California Student Sustainability Coalition 10th Annual Fall Convergence, a broad range of topics were discussed. We focused on bringing fair trade food college campuses and creating a comprehensive recycling program.
We took a tour of the Environmental Action Resource Center and the CSU Chico Recycling Center. The centers are all funded by selling back empty toner cartridges to the manufacturers. This diverts waste from the landfill and provides a reliable revenue stream.
All food waste is compost. Raw food is composted on-site at CSU Chico and cooked food is picked by a local commercial composting company. Even paper towels from the bathrooms are composted and all dishware is either compostable or recyclable.
We took a full tour of the full process from receiving to re-use. We learned what worked and the emphasis on the amount of time it takes to set up such an operation. Once it is running, it is very easily maintained.