Colleges can saves money with compost. At least that’s the goal. Mercer County Community College, in West Windsor, New Jersey, believes that it can save money in trash disposal costs by composting organic waste. According to an article by Meir Rinde in the Trenton Times :
With help from the Mercer County Improvement Authority, the school plans to start a pilot program to separate banana peels, coffee grounds and other organic materials from the rest of the trash, track the amount collected, and send the stuff to a recycler.
The college currently pays $125 per ton for trash hauling, while food-waste disposal costs just $65 per ton.
MCCC is a little late getting on the compost and recycling bandwagon. Many, many American colleges already have composing waste disposal plans. In most cases composing campus waste is a primarily ecological, rather than cost-saving, decision. Indeed, institutional composting often turns out to be more expensive than conventional waste disposal.