Food waste

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have expressed concerns over food waste on campus. [1]

This has also been a concern because compost was suspended.

Pre-pandemic, EcoReps hosted monthly plate scraping events at John Jay Dining Hall, where students were incentivized to not waste food. Students scrape their food into a compost bin after eating, and if they do not have any food waste, they are entered into a drawing to win 25 Dining Dollars.

As of February 2021, supermarkets and grocery stores in NYC are required to donate excess food to charity. [2]

External Links

[Columbia Daily Spectator article: "Columbia Dining During COVID-19 Creates Waste in a Time of Food Insecurity"]