Composting yard and food waste at the University of Calgary: an action plan
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AbstractThe purpose of this MOP was to develop a composting program for the yard and kitchen waste generated at The University of Calgary. Recycling has begun to play a larger role in the functioning of the University in general, through paper and pop can collection programs; composting .was seen as a logical next step. Composting complements recycling programs by returning organic matter to the soil where it is reused in the synthesis of new plants for food, feed, clothing, and energy production. It is one of the oldest ways of soil improvement, and one requiring only enthusiasm and low .. levels of technology to produce noticeable improvements in plant growth. A comprehensive discussion of composting processes and systems precedes detailed project descriptions. There are three interactive projects which are designed. to build upon one another, though they can be implemented singly as well. Project Windrow involves waste generated by Grounds staff, food waste from Food Services, and food waste from Family Student Housing units. This waste is collected and processed into compost in a windrow. Project Worm involves waste generated by Family Student Housing gardeners in their garqen plot. This waste is added to a specially-constructed worm bin where vermicomposting occurs over the summer. Project Edu-Compost addresses the larger problem of explaining and promoting the composting process to u•niversity staff, students and faculty.
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CitationBurnett, K. H. (1991). Composting yard and food waste at the University of Calgary: an action plan (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/13020
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