Pulping system at Ohio Union keeps waste out of landfills

One of The Ohio State University’s sustainability goals is to achieve zero waste by 2025 by diverting 90% of waste away from landfills. The university is working towards that goal with several waste diversion efforts. One effort is happening at the Ohio Union, along with three other campus facilities, where food scraps and compostable containers that are thrown into the trash are broken down by pulping and grinding machines. The material is then picked up by FOD employees and taken to an anaerobic digestion system in Columbus, where it is converted into clean renewable energy. This is an effort the university is taking to keep food waste out of the landfill. This process is also used at The Blackwell Inn, Kennedy Commons and the Jerome Schottenstein Center. View The Ohio State University’s sustainability goals.