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DEQ awards $73,200 to Boise State University to support residence hall food waste reduction

January 6, 2022

Contact: Ben Jarvis, Pollution Prevention & Continuous Improvement Lead, ben.jarvis@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $73,200 grant to Boise State University (BSU) to purchase a food waste digester for the Southfork Dining Hall on the school’s Boise campus.

The digester will allow the university to process uneaten food from the dining hall, diverting an estimated 24 tons of food annually from the landfill.

The digester is part of the university’s larger effort to reduce waste generated on campus, beginning with source reduction and diversion. BSU has pursued numerous strategies in recent years to reduce total food waste and divert food to those who need it, including utilizing customer data to estimate the amount of food needed daily in order to minimize over-ordering and distributing untouched food to students through the Bronco BEAM app.

Funding for this grant was provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, which seeks to increase diversion and reuse of food waste, packaging materials, and building materials. Previously, this program has supported recycling and waste diversion projects from Idaho County, Teton Valley Community Recycling, the city of Pocatello, and others.

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