SJ - compost

Update 4/29/19 6:12 p.m.: This article has been updated. It originally stated that Zoe Grandy is a film, television, and media studies major and Augustus Bell is a theatre arts major. It now states that Zoe Grandy is a theatre arts major and Augustus Bell is a film, television, and media studies major.

LMU should devote more time to further developing our compost system and making it more transparent and comprehensive.

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed. In this method, waste can be redirected to recycle its nutrients to enrich soil. According to to GreenMatters, when people composting, the amount of trash going to the landfill is reduced and plant growth is increased.

Before compost can be put through the process where materials break down and nutrients enrich the soil, it must first be collected, which is a very difficult process especially at a university such as LMU because of the lack of convenient accessibility to compost.

Although our university is quite small with approximately 6,500 undergraduate students, there is still a portion of waste that can be redirected to compost that isn't being tapped into.

A large reason why the University may not be composting to our fullest potential is because there are not enough bins specifically for compost. We should invest in more compost bins for each floor of the residential halls as well as each dorm room, not just the Hannon and Tenderich Apartments.

While compost can develop unpleasant odors, LMU can provide bins with a lid to students in residence halls. Students can also place their compost in the freezer to eliminate the smell. Compost can be picked up along with the trash and the recycling that is collected daily.

While LMU should make composting more accessible, they should also work to make students more aware of what is and isn't compostable to increase the efficiency of the system.

American University in Washington D.C. has one of the best waste management systems, according to Best Colleges. American University's sustainability site contains several pages with updates about their progress to being a zero-waste campus, opportunities for all students living on and off campus to compost, and information to educate students of what can and can't be recycled.

On the other hand, Green LMU’s website mentions comprehensive composting programs, but they do not go into more detail of how the system works, or how to educate students. The university should improve their Sustainability Initiatives website by being more obvious and clear about compost to further increase awareness.

If the University provides students with the resources and the students implement the habits to efficiently compost, we can become a much more environmentally friendly campus.

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