Antioch University New England (AUNE) inaugurated its new compost infrastructure Thursday—a double-bayed structure that can process more food and yard waste into compost more easily. It was built by AUNE students and faculty volunteers on Wednesday, October 25.
AUNE students Monica Foley and Ryan Kmetz also introduced the new compost-sifting bicycle, built by the Sustainability & Social Justice staff, which, albeit requiring a little more work to be truly functional, will soon be separating trash out of the finished compost. The new apparatus was dubbed the Compedaler by the winner of the bike-naming contest, Lillian Underwood, an AUNE Waldorf Teacher Education student. She received a bag of Dean’s Beans Organic & Fair Trade Coffee from the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation.
The new composting structure replaces the old compost set-up made from pallets, said Foley, who led a composting workshop. AUNE generated about 3,000 pounds of food waste in the last year; that pre- and post-consumer waste, plus yard clippings and leaves from the grounds go into the compost system. The finished compost is being used on AUNE’s garden.
AUNE is joining Franklin Pierce University and Keene State College to mark Campus Sustainability Week, October 17-25.