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Food Handling info from SSF
Posted by Morgan White on February 21, 2018
Matt Turino at the Sustainable Student Farm provided this overview of the food waste handling / transportation related to the Vermicompost project.
"So we only collected Pre-consumer waste from Busey-Evans so only the things that were cut off the usuable parts of vegetables and fruits. We had special 30 gallon trash cans that only existed in the kitchen of the Busey-Evans so there was almost never other kinds of trash. If we saw some while handling we would remove it but we did not need to sort it.
We had no packaging or animal products in the compost.
We used a pick up truck to transport the containers and we did not have a good way to load these. We often had to lift 50-90 lb trash containers up into the truck bed, and us not having the correct equipment contributed to it not being a sustainable program for us. The waste was extremely wet and so something that made it tricky to handle and and to transport. We were using leaves from U of I landscaping for the Brown material.
I did not track the cost of our transportation because we would often drop our produce off and pick up the waste on the same trip. We were driving a pickup truck about 3 miles per trip 2-3 times a week. We were picking up between 60-100 gallons of food waste per week during the semester.
Also we were using a vermi-compost unit which was not the most effective system for this, if you wanted to do a composting set up I would recommend a larger windrow set up."