Thursday, September 19, 2013

Kishnani: The Art of Composting

Watching the Freshman learn the ways of Stanford has definitely been an interesting experience. Aside from trying to bike your way through the 9:55 am mad rush to class, one of the 'weirdest' things they have to get used to is composting.

Before coming to Stanford, I had never heard of composting, and neither do most people. It is actually a pretty huge, and at first quite baffling of a concept to get used to. At every dining hall, you are responsible for scraping everything off of your plate into the compost bin before putting it on the conveyor to get washed. Trash cans hardly even exist, even beyond the dining hall. Almost every on-campus eatery has now started using compostable take-out boxes, plates, cups, bowls, forks, knives, spoons, and anything else you could possibly imagine! So not only do you have to get used to the potato-ey taste of your compostable and bendy potato spoons, but you have to open yourself to the campus-wide concept of composting.

Now, after a year, it seems almost natural to us. There is not even a second thought that crosses through our heads before composting instead of using the "landfill" bin. But, watching the freshman struggle, at least initially, with the concept, prompts a thought to what composting actually is...

Read this article about composting to find out more!

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