On the Radio: UI Hospitals and Clinics decrease cafeteria waste


Photo by max-R, Flickr.
Photo by max-R, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the addition of compost bins to cafeterias at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are improving sustainability by adding compost bins to their cafeterias.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

In 2012, 12 percent of the food prepared by The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics went unused. This amounted to over $180,000 of food waste. To solve this problem, they are now putting compost bins in all six of their dining rooms. The compost will then be taken to the Iowa City Landfill, which has been composting food for nearly six years.

Reducing food waste will also decrease the production of the greenhouse gas methane, which gets released while food waste sits in landfills.

Additionally, UI Hospitals and Clinics announced earlier this year that they would eliminate Styrofoam and non-recyclable plastic from their cafeterias.

To find out more about these efforts, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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