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Cafè hopes to decrease its environmental footprint

The Green Station offers students the chance to recycle and compost

By Denise Kassis, Libby Slaton
On April 18, 2016

 The Cafè created the Green Station with hopes to reduce its environmental footprint on campus.

Kyle Davis, manager of The Café, said he has made it his mission to recycle and compost as much as possible.  “Eighty percent of our food and materials are composted,” he said.

In fall of 2015, Davis said The Café added a Green Station, which is located next to the Café. The Green Station, a collection of three bins that include compost, recycle and trash, along with a display of the  different items that can go into each allows students and staff to separate their food items. 

Davis stressed that those who use the Green Station should pay attention to what they are putting in the bins. “Any item that is put into the wrong bin contaminates the whole thing,” he added.  

Students and staff have many options to help, whether its getting the right container, putting food into the right bin, spreading the word about the Green Station and the Café’s efforts to reduce its footprint.  

“We invest more money into compostable items. It would be cheaper to buy Styrofoam but that’s not what its about. Its about trying to do the right thing,” said Davis.

The Café’s organic material is broken down by GreenRU, a company out of Blairsburg, where the waste is churned and is turned into dirt that is then sold back to farmers, according to Davis. 

Davis said this is not just a campus issue but an environmental issue that affects the planet. 

“I believe it is a world issue and we have to do a better job of reusing waste because we are running out of areas to put all of it,” he said. 

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