Weighing in on campus food waste
Students help “Weigh the Waste” Nov. 30 after their meals at Student Center East.
The scale tells the tale: UIC students waste a lot of food.
On Nov. 30, students eating at East Café in Student Center East scraped their leftovers into special containers.
The 3,158 meals served breakfast, lunch and dinner produced 739.17 pounds of waste, said Eddie Skidmore, marketing manager for Sodexo, which runs campus dining services.
That’s more than a quarter-pound per meal per person.
Even figuring that the waste included napkins and bones, that’s enough to feed 200 people a day, Skidmore said Monday.
He designed a poster showing the results, which will be put up in the café this week.
The “Weigh the Waste” project was a joint effort by the dining service and the Office of Sustainability.
“That’s pretty shocking 200 people,” said Cynthia Klein-Banai, associate chancellor for sustainability.
The object of the project was to encourage students to pile less food on their plates and provide data for a future composting effort.
The sustainability office is planning a grant proposal to fund composting of meal waste from the student centers and the James Stukel Towers student residence.