University of Iowa: New technology in Hillcrest dining hall increases sustainability

Read the full story in the Daily Iowan.

Every day, hundreds of students flood the campus dining halls, leaving tons of food waste in their wake. Starting this semester, University of Iowa officials have found a new way to divert that waste: It goes into the landscaping.

This summer, Hillcrest Marketplace installed a $58,000 food pulper, which UI Office of Sustainability Director Liz Christensen described as “a glorified food dispenser.”

But this food dispenser could save the UI 1.5 million gallons of water and more than $17,000 every year.

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