Located at the Cherry Crossing Research Facility (the old Coal Yard) off West Cherry Road, the compost site houses the in vessel composting unit that process food waste from campus. This location also serves as a drop off area for logs, leaves, and yard waste from campus that will be ground into mulch for reuse back onto campus.
During the 2012-2013 school year, Clemson Recycling and Clemson Dining Services recovered 159,000 lbs of food waste to recycle as compost.
According to the EPA, the U.S. generates more than 34 million tons of food waste each year. Food waste now represents the largest component of Municipal Solid Waste reaching landfills and incinerators in the U.S.
Composting provides environmental benefits such as:
- Enriching soils
- Remediating contaminated soils
- Preventing pollution
- Reduces the amount of MSW ending up in landfills