Mercyhurst College Earth TubsMercyhurst University’s Erie Campus installed two Earth Tubs in the fall of 2012, funded in part by the students, through their green fee, and through the university operations. The composters are a partnership between the Sustainability Office and Parkhurst Dining Services, the university’s dining services provider; kitchen prep waste is collected from the Egan Dining Hall Monday through Friday during the fall and spring term.

Although the tubs have only just been installed, we have been able to collect enough food waste over the fall to fill one tub, which will yield us enough compost in the spring for several campus garden projects that will be initiated. Following a break during the winter, it was a bit too cold to compost; we have begun collecting the food waste again and hope to have another tub of compost ready for our grounds crew this summer.