Princeton University Will Be Home To FOR Solutions Composting System
In-vessel composting system to convert uneaten food into nutrient-dense, high-quality compost
Princeton, NJ — August 1, 2017
FOR Solutions, developer of commercial-scale composting solutions for businesses and institutions, announced that the Princeton University Facilities Organization has selected its Model 1000 Composting System to add to the University’s sustainability efforts. When installed on the campus, the FOR Solutions Composting System will divert uneaten food generated on campus from being landfilled, recycling it into a nutrient-dense, high-quality compost.
Princeton University is committed to using the campus as an educational and operational livinglaboratory to provide the campus community direct access to a range of repeatable, scalable solutions toglobal sustainability issues. According to the USEPA, the U.S. sends more than 30 million tons ofuneaten food to landfills each year, recycling less than three percent of what is generated. Landfilleduneaten food harms the environment by producing methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and leachate,
which pollutes water systems. The FOR Solutions Model 1000 Composting System was selected as thecampus demonstration system to provide students, faculty, and staff access to a tangible, working strategy that offers research and education flexibility on the main campus.
The FOR Solutions Composting Systems include an aerobic in-vessel rotary drum digester that epitomizes sustainable materials management by recycling uneaten food into high-quality compost in just five days in a virtually odorless process that requires no supplemental heat or enzymes. FOR Solutions composting systems are optimized for large institutions such as colleges and universities, correctional facilities, municipalities, shopping mall food courts, hospitals, K-12 schools and school districts, and mid-to-large size businesses that currently send large amounts of uneaten food to landfills or incinerators. The FOR Solutions Model 1000 system processes 1,000 pounds of uneaten food per weekday.
“FOR Solutions composting systems meet all of our criteria for demonstrated quality, performance driven design, and ease for students and faculty to use the system as a research and educational tool” said Shana Weber, Ph.D., Director of the Princeton University Office of Sustainability. “Of key importance, the compost from the Model 1000 Composting System is a biologically active soil amendment that may be immediately land applied. We believe the most environmentally responsible way to manage uneaten food is to recycle its nutrients in order to restore depleted soils and reduce fossil fuel based inputs among many other considerations.”
“FOR Solutions congratulates Princeton University for its innovative approach to sustainability,” said FOR Solutions Founder Nicholas Smith-Sebasto, Ph.D. “We are delighted to partner with Princeton University to help change the way the college and university campuses manage their uneaten food. Princeton University joins a growing list of other generators of uneaten food who are making FOR Solutions Composting Systems the centerpiece of their food recycling efforts.”
About FOR Solutions
FOR Solutions uses patented biotechnology to design and market state-of-the-art aerobic in-vessel rotary drum composting systems intended to facilitate on-site or local recovery and composting of discarded uneaten food. Its standard systems are designed to process between 2,500 lbs. and 40,000 lbs. of discarded uneaten food per week in a process that requires just 5 days.
About Princeton University
Chartered in 1746, the College of New Jersey was British North America’s fourth college. Located in Elizabeth for one year and then in Newark for nine, it moved to Princeton in 1756. The College was officially renamed Princeton University in 1896. The University provides its students with academic, extracurricular, and other resources – in a residential community committed to diversity – that prepare them for positions of leadership and lives of service in many fields of human endeavor. Living up to its
unofficial motto, “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity,” Princeton University has educated thousands of individuals who have dedicated their lives to public service. The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to cultivate the desire in all people to lead meaningful lives in service of global human and environmental well-being.