Food Waste Awareness Week at Forbes College

Posted on December 17, 2015

If you ate at Forbes between December 9 and 15, you may have wondered why food waste was collected in a transparent bin placed on a scale rather than at the normal compost station.

food waste pilot Food waste was emptied into a clear bucket and weighed
Anastas Belev '16 and his 5 clean plates

The food waste campaign was part of an initiative by Princeton University student group Greening Dining, Campus Dining, and Forbes College in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability, to raise awareness of sustainable dining at Princeton.

As predicted, Sunday brunch saw the highest amount of food waste for a single meal: 115.3 pounds; people were shocked to see whole omelets, pancakes, waffles, and slices of lox in the bin. But it was nice to see many clean plates, hear “wow”s at the amount of food in the bin, and share perspectives on whether food waste is a problem and what can be done.

Why should you care about food waste?

Reducing food waste:

           1) Saves fossil fuels, water, and land resources needed to grow and ship food

           2) Decreases the amount of ozone-depleting methane released by decomposing food

           3) Increases the food available to people in need

          4) Shows appreciation for the energy and work it took to get the food from farm to plate

Topics: food