The National Wildlife Federation has featured the Los Olivos dining commons on its website because of its recycling efforts.
At Los Olivos, trash is not simply trash. It falls into three categories: cardboard, miscellaneous trash and food scraps, all of which are recycled one way or another. Los Olivos, in partnership with Burrtec Waste Industries, keeps food waste from landfills by sending it to an off-site composting program.
“We’re diverting about 10 yards of garbage a week from the landfill” says Aaron Neilson, associate director of Foundation Dining Services. To put that into perspective, Los Olivos produces around 20 to 22 yards of waste in an average week, enough to fill about seven Volkswagen Beetles.
Los Olivos has a track record for sustainability. In 2008, it eliminated trays in the dining facility to save water, power and wasted food.
(Photo: Food waste is collected for composting at Los Olivos Dining Commons.)