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...if lined up end-to-end, the K-cup coffee pods sold in 2014 would encircle the equator 12.4 times!

K-cup landfill

K-cup Landfill

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Composting at Upstate

The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) lists Upstate University Hospital as one of the sustainability leaders in the community, in part due to Upstate's food composting project. Upstate's compost efforts save more than two tons of waste from the landfill every month.

Read more in the Upstate Online article, Upstate's food composting program grows under partnership with OCRRA External Icon.

Since Upstate began a food composting program in 2011:

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  • Every month, more than 2 tons of food waste has been kept out of landfills!
  • That diverted waste, sent to Onondaga County's Resource Recovery Agency's (OCRRA) compost facility, is recycled and used in gardens throughout the county, maybe even yours.
  • The success of Upstate's composting program contributed to OCCRA awarding Upstate the title, Blue Ribbon Recycler of the Year in 2012.
  • Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus also adopted a composting program, adding their efforts to our downtown campus initiative.
  • Morrison Food and Nutrition Services, Tim Horton's and Express Oasis have been invaluable behind-the-scenes partners in Upstate's composting program.

For more information on how Onondaga County residents can benefit from OCRRA's composting, visit the OCRRA website External Icon.


For information on how you, your department, your team, your class can become involved in Upstate's Think Green program, contact us at green@upstate.edu.

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