FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Northern Arizona University is starting the new school year with a system intended to reduce food waste by hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2cnOY5p) the dining hall in the school’s student union will begin its first full year with a process to grind up, extract and dehydrate uneaten food and biodegradable materials.

A mixture produced at the end of the process will go on piles of university compost.

University official TC Eberly says the dining hall was able to remove one of its dumpsters as a result of the system.

Officials expect the system will keep 100,000 more pounds of material out of the landfill every year.

The university and the Green Fund that is supported by student fees paid the $230,000 cost.


Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/