Composting can reduce the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides. It serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments. Composting also extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills and provides a less costly alternative to conventional methods of remediating (cleaning) contaminated soil.
The Main Hospital and ART cafeterias are composting food waste from their kitchen operations. Food Waste Disposal collects the waste three times a week and takes it to Charleston County Bees Ferry composting facility. In the first year of composting, MUSC diverted 70 tons of food waste from the landfill for composting.
Compostable Salad Containers
New compostable salad container were recently implemented in the ART & University cafeterias. These containers are made from 100% plant materials of annually renewable sources, a more sustainable source than petroleum. Specifically, these containers are made of Ingeo™, a synthetic fiber made of corn and plants, which can also be used to make clothing, personal care items, electronics, etc.
Compostable Hinged Containers
On April 21, Earth Day, a compostable hinged container made from a blend of molded pulp fibers, will be piloted in the ART & University cafeterias. The customers will be given the opportunity to test and voice their opinions about the hinged containers.
Ground coffee does more than brew a great cup of "joe." Those used grounds can also be used in your spring garden and beds. ART Starbucks gives away used coffee grounds for FREE! Bring your container.