The award recognizes a business, government agency, school, organization, or facility that designed and implemented a compost or organics-recycling program that has been in operation for at least one year.
Appalachian’s composting facility opened in 1999. The university has been a leader in the state and Southeast with regards to onsite food waste composting, boasting the first and largest in-house composting operation in the UNC system.
The operation is the result of successful collaborations between campus Food Services and ASU Recycles, the university’s recycling program. The composting facility is permitted for pre- and post-consumer food waste, but currently only pre-consumer waste is recycled into compost. The finished compost is used in landscape applications on campus.
A new compost facility opened in October 2011. It can handle up to 275 tons of materials, compared to about 100 tons with the university’s former system.
The new facility was made possible with support from the design team of Advanced Composting Technologies, based in Candler, and Green Construction of Boone.