Did you know that the average Emerson Dining Center visitor wastes 3 ounces of food per meal, equivalent to 205 pounds per year? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we waste 60 million tons of food in the United States annually, which equates to billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions. By diverting organic waste from the trash stream, Emerson avoids these unnecessary emissions and contributes to innovation at the regional level. Let’s take a look at the organic waste recycling process:

  1. Users drop organic waste into the designated bins.
  2. The custodial team empties each bin and puts the entire bag into an organic waste toter located on-campus.
  3. Emerson’s waste hauler, Waste Management, picks up and transports the organic waste to a regional processing facility.
  4. Waste Management uses anaerobic digestion to break down the organic waste, producing energy used for electricity.


More on Organic Waste Recycling

For more information about the anaerobic digestion process, watch Waste Management’s organic waste recycling video below. Filmed in Boston, this video demonstrates what happens to Emerson’s organic waste once it leaves campus.