Compost and Waste Reduction


Since retrofitting our dish washing and waste systems in 2009, Dickinson Dining Services has become a foodservice industry leader in waste reduction. Dining Services and the Dickinson campus divert over 1,000 pounds of waste daily from landfills to the Dickinson College Farm.

Dining Services secured a Hobart WastePro 1200 pulper in 2008 with the help of a Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability grant. The pulper grinds food waste, napkins, and paper products into composting-ready material. The pulper system extracts water and reduces waste volume by nearly 88 percent while recycling water, allowing for nearly 95 percent of reclaimed water to be reused within the system.

Student farmers from Dickinson College Farm pick up compost-ready waste each day and take it to the farm to complete the 360 degree cycle of Farm to Fork to FarmTM  and use the waste as nutrient-rich soil amendment.

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Dickinson College Farm composting

Energy Saving Equipment

Dining Services strives to take environmental impact into consideration when purchasing equipment for our operations.

Dining Services has purchased four Rational SCC White Efficiency ovens. These ovens cook with an incredible reduction in energy needs. The ovens also reduced water needs by replacing less efficient steamers and ovens.

All Dining Services lighting in seating, serving, kitchen, and storage areas was converted to low-energy-use LEDs.

Most refrigeration units have been converted to energy-efficient units.

Our 2015 dish washer replacement is eco-friendly, using less detergent, and saves over 12,000 gallons of water each year compared to the old machine. The dish washer uses an Energy Recovery Unit to capture heat from the exhausted steam and uses that heat to maintain high temperatures for the wash water with no additional energy consumption.

As Dining Services continues to update facilities, energy efficiency and Energy Star-certified equipment will play a major role in purchasing decisions.