UBC Undergraduate Research

Composting at UBC : an agriculture practice that benefits the whole community Barclay, Mairin; Cockburn, Shannon; Hsu, Amy; Lee, Chi Wai; Reichmuth, Kyla; Tam, Gary; Young, Mandy


The major problem identified by our group was that even though UBC had an existing composting system, 70% of its waste stream is still made up of compostable materials. The goal of our group was to elaborate on the current composting schemes to improve the sustainability of the UBC food system. The opinion of the group is composting at UBC should be communitybased to be successful. The development of an improved composting scheme on campus takes two sources of organic waste into consideration: waste materials from cooking scraps produced in residences, and the organic waste collected at cafeterias, restaurants, and other food outlets. In order for composting to encourage people to act in a socially and environmentally responsible manner to increase the sustainability of UBC’s food system, it must be convenient. Recommendations are provided to ensure it is practical. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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