Expand the Composting System at the University of Maine to Gain a Profit

Expand the Composting System at the University of Maine to Gain a Profit

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Alamea Banks started this petition to The President of the University of Maine and

Currently, the University of Maine has a highly used and effective commercial composter. But it's only used for the scraps from cutting up vegetables and other foods. We do not, however, have any composting bins available at all times to compost the scraps after we eat.

We NEED to start composting everywhere on campus, especially in the dining halls.

Our current system is commercialized composting. This means that the compost is mechanically churned to create soil from food waste and wood chips.
On campus, we only use the organic material from pre-served food at the dining halls (according to “The Office of Sustainability at UMaine”). However, all the food, compostable napkins, food containers, and other items after serving food aren’t able to make it into the compost. 

We have been composting at UMaine for 29 years, and our current composting system started to be used in 2012. That was seven years ago! It’s time for a change, and it’s time for an improvement in our current system.

                        Three reasons why you should care:
- Composting has a positive environmental impact is rather than incineration or ending up in landfills.

- Composting has a positive economic impact on UMaine

- Composting on the UMaine campus can help support the local farmers

                  The environmental impact of composting is positive.
Composting affects the biosphere (or all organisms).
It essentially takes the nutrients from the soil that we use to produce our food and returns it to future plants.
Basically, by advancing the rate at which we decompose the food products, we accelerate the rate at which we can make products that will feed us. This is according to the EPA's website.
Composting also affects the atmosphere and how it functions. 
Some types of composting cause methane to be released into the atmosphere.
However, the commercial composting that occurs at UMaine does not allow methane to be produced because it is an aerobic composting system.

Aerobic composting is the decomposition of organic matter using microorganisms that require oxygen. The microbes responsible for composting are naturally occurring and live in the moisture surrounding organic matter.

                 The economic effect of composting is a positive one.

Composting on campus could make a profit.
According to the “Office of Facilities Management” we already sell brush and tree waste to local companies for biomass fuel.
So why don’t we do it for composting?

                Composting can help in supporting the community.

By selling compost to local farmers, we can help increase the productivity of their products which will, in turn, help our school be able to serve local produce in our dining halls

 

Please support me in petitioning the University of Maine to expand its composting system.  

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