WSAW: UW-Stevens Point is working hard to limit food waste through composting efforts

Rob Michitsch, professor of soil and waste resources

WSAW Channel 7 Wausau

​By Hannah Borchert

UW-Stevens Point is the only UW campus to have compost bins in every academic building on campus. Keeping up with composting is a group effort.

“We take our 73 hundred students and they all go back to their own communities and they can show their friends and their family and kind of expand this whole idea of food diversion and composting all around the country,” said Rob Michitsch, Professor of Soil and Waste Resources.

Some students choose to get even more involved by getting their hands dirty. They process the materials by hand and pull out any contamination to make sure it gets mixed well before it gets added to the campus compost pile. There’s even a compost class where students can learn about how the process works.

“We’re balancing our food stocks to create an ideal microbial environment that leads to break down and leads to compost creation,” said Alex Thomas, Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Student.


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