WCU re­ceives re­cy­cling grant

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS -

In recog­ni­tion of Amer­ica Re­cy­cles Day, the U.S En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency an­nounced a $12,060 grant to West Ch­ester Univer­sity to sup­port a food com­post­ing project that will help the univer­sity and West Ch­ester Bor­ough keep food scraps away from a land­fill.

“West Ch­ester Univer­sity has al­ready demon­strated it­self as a leader in sus­tain­abil­ity ef­forts, and this funding will help the univer­sity fur­ther ex­pand its food re­cov­ery and com­post­ing ef­forts,” said EPA Mid-At­lantic Re­gional Ad­min­is­tra­tor Shawn M. Garvin. “By di­vert­ing food scraps away from a land­fill for com­post­ing, the univer­sity and West Ch­ester Bor­ough are mak­ing a valu­able com­mit­ment to main­tain a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment.”

With this funding, the univer­sity and bor­ough will part­ner with 10 lo­cal busi­nesses in­clud­ing restau­rants, two senior liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the Ch­ester County Hos­pi­tal and the food ser­vice op­er­a­tions at the univer­sity din­ing hall to set up a 12-month pi­lot com­post­ing project.

EPA and or­ga­ni­za­tions na­tion­wide cel­e­brated Amer­ica Re­cy­cles Day on Tues­day by mak­ing a con­cen­trated ef­fort to raise aware­ness about the im­pact or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als can have on the en­vi­ron­ment at home, school and work.

Non-food re­cy­cling rates have climbed dra­mat­i­cally in the U.S in re­cent years for many prod­ucts, but we still re­cover only about 5 per­cent of the ex­cess or wasted food. In 2014, that amounted to 37 mil­lion tons of wasted food – mak­ing food the largest waste cat­e­gory go­ing into mu­nic­i­pal land­fills across the na­tion.

The univer­sity’s com­post­ing project was ini­ti­ated with a 2014 EPA grant that was used to part­ner with the bor­ough to col­lect food scraps from two lo­cal restau­rants for com­post­ing. The grant an­nounced to­day will ex­pand on that project.


West Ch­ester Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Chisto­pher M. Fiorentino (left) and EPA Mid-At­lantic Re­gional Ad­min­is­tra­tor Shawn M. Garvin (right) pose with Me­gan Fog­a­rty, the Sus­tain­abil­ity Co­or­di­na­tor for West Ch­ester, and Denise M. Polk, pro­fes­sor and in­terim grad­u­ate co­or­di­na­tor. EPA pre­sented Fog­a­rty and Polk with plaques rec­og­niz­ing their ef­forts in re­duc­ing food waste through­out West Ch­ester Bor­ough.

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