• Food waste exists and can be avoided! 
  • SYP Day is focused on reducing food waste in the CU Dining Centers.
  • Shows the accumulated food waste during lunch and dinner.


  • Compost bins are set up at the tray return areas
  • Student staff are at the compost bins and ask everyone to scrape their plates when they return their dishes
  • Student staff also provide positive messaging about actions to support food waste reduction
  • Compost bins are weighed at the end of each meal to provide the total pounds of post-consumer food waste, per meal
  • Results are used in the Dining Centers to promote further food waste reduction

Composting Reduces Climate Change

  • Less food in landfills = less methane gas in the atmosphere = less global warming = less climate change
  • Food in a landfill does not have air, so it creates methane as it slowly decomposes
  • Food in a compost pile breaks down naturally with air and moisture, so there is no methane produced
  • Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas… far more potent than Carbon Dioxide in the air

Join the Clean Plate Club

  • How can you not leave any uneaten food after each meal?
  • Be proud of not creating food waste after each meal!
  • Make it a BIG DEAL and motivate your friends to be part of the club too

Take What You Want, But Eat What You Take

  • Only take what you need
  • You can go back for seconds
  • If you don’t take it, we won’t make it
  • Reduce your waste in the first place

Composting in CU Dining Halls

  • CU currently composts at ALL Dining Centers (C4C, Village Commons, Sewell, UMC)
  • It is all done in the back of the house, so anyone eating there does not see it happening
  • When people are done eating, they put their tray on the tray return, which goes back to the dish staff, who then scrape the plates into a compost bin
    • So less food waste also creates less work for people
  • Food prep waste is also composted by the Dining Staff when preparing meals
  • Left over food that is uneaten is also composted
  • Compost totals collected from the Dining Centers from July 2017-June 2018 are as follows:
    • C4C = 365.3 tons
    • Village Commons = 106.6 tons
    • Sewell = 43.5 tons
    • UMC = 145.6 tons