Dickinson College Recieves Composting Grant
By Andrea Ciccocioppo
November 9, 2007
Dickinson College is one recipient of a state grant designed to increase the use of composted material.
Gov. Ed Rendell said the state is seeking creative and profitable ways to reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills, while encouraging businesses to increase the use of composted organic materials in finished products.
“About one-third of what goes into our landfills is organic waste, such as grass clippings, leaves and food scraps,” Rendell said.
The state will invest $366,000 into six organizations across the state, including Dickinson College, which will receive $93,000.
Dickinson’s grant is earmarked for equipment that will enable the campus farm to expand and accept organic materials from new sources, including campus cafeterias, coffee shops and local businesses.
The grant will allow the college to compost an additional 91,000 pounds of material annually. The finished compost will be used on the campus farm along Park Drive in South Middleton Township, which grows fresh produce that is used in the campus dining halls.