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Organic Wastes
Composting helps reduce the solid waste that goes into landfills and returns nutrients
to the soil. Methane created from the breaking down of organic materials can be
mitigated by diverting these wastes from the landfill. Methane’s impact on climate
change is 20 times greater than that of carbon dioxide, so it is important to divert as
much organic waste as possible.
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Here at GMC we have compost bins in a number of dorms as well as
in the dining hall. Compost from these sources is brought to the farm
as food for pigs and for use as fertilizer on the fields. The food waste’s
ultimate destination is determined by what category of waste it falls
under: pre-consumer or post-consumer.
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Compost that is fed to the
pigs is pre-consumer waste.
This food waste comes from
the kitchen and includes
non-meat and non-dairy
product kitchen scraps that
have not been contaminated
by human germs. The pigs
can only be fed these food
scraps because their anat-
omy is so similar to humans
that if they were to eat con-
taminated food they could
catch a disease or other
Post-consumer waste, including
meat and dairy, is brought to
the farm and kept in a compost
pile until decomposition occurs
enough for the organic waste to
be used as fertilizer on the farm.
This waste comes from the
compost bin in the dining hall
as well as from compost bins in
residence halls. The compost is
eaten by chickens and eventu-
ally mixed in with soil to fertilize
growing plants.
Here at GMC we use the Casella Zero-Sort recycling system. Three student recyclers
haul recycling generated in each building on campus to a recycling trailer that
is picked up by Casella when full. The recyclables are then brought to Rutland
where a giant machine seperates glass, cardboard, paper, tin and aluminum cans,
and plastic. These seperated recyclables are then picked up and turned into new
products. Paper is picked up and brought just 40 minutes away to Glens Falls,
New York where it is processed into new paper products. These paper products are
then sold to GMC, creating a closed loop recycling system.
Remember, all recyclables go into one bin!
You CAN recycle:
You CAN’T recycle:
• Plastics 1-7
• Paper
• Glass
• Cardboard
• Tin and Aluminum Cans
• Envelopes and Mail
• Magazines and Newspaper
• Soft Cover Books
• Plastic Bags
• Dirty Paper or Cardboard
• Bubblewrap or Padded Mailers
• Paper towels or Tissues
• Styrofoam