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Implement compost program at LMU

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Every year, 7.2 million tons of food is wasted and thrown away. According to Food Waste Disposal, when food ends up in a landfill it quickly decays and becomes a significant source of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. As a result, landfills make up more than 20% of all methane emissions. Recycling food waste redirects organic materials from landfills thus diminishing these emissions. Furthermore, the use of recycled food waste as compost improves soil health and structure; strengthens drought resistance; and reduces the need for supplemental water, fertilizers, and pesticides. Our goal is to implement a compost program for all on-campus student housing facilities at Loyola Marymount University. Students living on campus will be asked to put all of their compostable products in the appropriate receptacle. Then, a local compost company will regularly pick up the naturally biodegradable waste, decompose it, and recycle it into nutrient-rich soil. With the implementation of this plan, LMU can reduce the amount of food wasted and protect the environment!

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