Long Beach, Calif. - April 22, 2014 - On April 22, 2014 the University Student Union (USU) will begin offering food composting bins in the latest effort to be more sustainable and implement green practices throughout the organization. The initiative was first implemented in the fall semester with the back of the house operations and will now be rolled out widely throughout the USU with the educational campaign "Compost Happens," to help explain to students and other consumers on what and how to separate the organic materials. Trained volunteer food docents called "Trash Talkers" will be stationed at the recycling hubs in the food consumption areas of the USU to help patrons properly identify what materials can go in the black food composting bins.
Associate Director, Facility Operations Scott Schorn credits students for leading the initiative to reduce the USU's carbon footprint. "The idea for food composting came from student suggestions and recognizing that we need to start helping to change people's processes and mindset to ensure sustainable practices become a part of our daily lives."