Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

Composting and Recycling

Tray-less service

We are tray less in all of our campus Dining Locations. This includes our three large all-you-care-to-eat Traditions Dining locations. Tray less dining reduces both water and cleaning chemical use.

Cardboard Bailers

Dining Services has specific equipment to bundle large quantities of cardboard in the waste stream at Kennedy, Ohio Union and the Culinary Production Kitchen. Traditions at Scott has two dedicated load-all bins that are processed into bundles off-site. This reduces land fill waste.

Pulping and organic wastes

We have two buildings that have pulper systems, Kennedy and the Ohio Union. Traditions at Kennedy has a compact system that operates in the dish room. Customer’s food waste is scrapped in a trough that uses a closed system of water that moves the organic material to an extractor that lifts the waste into a container and keeps the water in the trough system. The Ohio Union has a whole building system with collectors in each operation and the water/waste mixture is pumped though pipes to one extractor at the back dock. The water is returned to the closed system to be reused to transport the organic material. We are in the process of installing a third new pulping system at the Culinary Production Kitchen.

The extracted organic pulp at both Kennedy and the Ohio Union is picked up and taken to a company called Quasar Energy Group. They have a biomass waste-to-energy technology utilizing anaerobic digestion. This system converts the biomass into biogas that can be used to generate electricity and thermal heat or produce natural gas or compressed natural gas (CNG).

In house Bio-digester

Traditions at Scott has two Bio-digesters, one upstairs and one on the first floor. Staff remove the plates from the rotating dish rack and scrape the dishes in a trough that uses a closed system of water that moves the organic material to an extractor. When the basket on the extractor is full it is dumped into a grinder that fills a digester tank. The biomass in the tanks digests with the addition of a proprietary blend of all natural organic nutrients, to increase the metabolic efficiency and accelerate the biochemical reactions involved in the decomposition of food waste. This transforms the food waste into a greywater effluent that can be safely disposed of into existing municipal water systems and significantly reduces the material going to the land fill.

All in One Recycling

Dining locations on campus participate in the Campus all-in-one Recycle Program for glass and plastic bottles, cans and cardboard. This reduces input into landfills.

Fryer Oil Management and Recycling

All of our used fryer oils are recycled and sold on the open market and it gets developed into biofuel. We have two different processes to recycle fryer oil. We have a closed delivery and pick up system at Traditions at Scott and all the Ohio Union operations. This system has closed storage tanks for the new oil and it is pumped to the fryers. When the fryer oil needs to be replaced the old oil is pumped to a dedicated closed tank. The company that manages this system both supplies us new and takes the old oil away. This system will be a part of our operation in Pomerene Hall when we reopen. The second system we use is a company that comes in and removes the used oil directly from the fryers. We have this system at THE Culinary Production Kitchen, Traditions at Kennedy and Traditions at Morrill.