Here in the RIT community, we embrace and pride ourselves on being committed to environmentally friendly and sustainable policies. We are ensuring that every part of the campus follows sustainable practices and improves the surrounding environment. RIT’s commitment to sustainability and the environment helps integrate environmental practices throughout the campus, complies with applicable environmental laws and regulations, and improves our environmental performance. As an RIT student for a few years, I have noticed that we lack a strong policy towards reducing food waste on campus. As someone who works for one of the dining service establishments on campus, I noticed there is a noticeable…show more content… Transportation of waste to landfills, processing waste through garbage disposals, composting, and animal feed are the primary methods of food waste disposal in the United States. Although these methods have their benefits, they also have limitations and some negative effects on our environment. As the world population continues to grow, it will likely cause more pressure on waste management. Managing this waste is a constant concern to food service establishments. The cost to travel to the landfill is steadily increasing since 2008 because of the increase in food waste. With the disposal of waste, we have to consider the labor, storage facilities, supplies like bags, equipment rental, haul charges, and food safety. For instance, food waste processed by a garbage disposal requires the use of water and energy. Composting requires the use of vehicles, farm equipment, land, and labor. These are all costly endeavors that affect the environment but must be done in order to process the massive amount of food waste that is produced in the US.
Even though there are compelling environmental and economic arguments, dining facilities are still skeptical about changes to improve their sustainability. Foodservice operations rely on a positive economic status; cost-effective alternatives and strategies must be considered. Despite these efforts to