Campus: CPSU, San Luis Obispo -- October 4, 1999

Cal Poly Campus Dining Wins 5th Consecutive Waste Reduction Award

-- Waste not, want not.

That could be the motto of Cal Poly's Campus Dining, a winner in the state's 1999 Waste Reduction Awards Program for the fifth consecutive year.

Campus Dining, an entity of the Cal Poly Foundation, was recognized for its voluntary efforts to "reduce, reuse and recycle."

Campus Dining provides 10,000 meals a day for students, faculty and staff members in more than a dozen locations on campus. The department started recycling several years ago with a cardboard recycling program, which expanded to include polystyrene, glass, metal, plastic and vegetable scraps.

"The total waste reduction program strives to balance cost savings from waste-stream reduction with the costs of purchasing recycled and recyclable products," said Alan Cushman, associate director of Campus Dining.

"Trash hauling has been reduced by more than 50 percent, yielding some cost savings to the university," Cushman said. "The waste reduction program's primary focus is to employ source reduction, to recycle and to purchase recycled products to reduce total waste without increasing overall costs," he said.

The Waste Reduction Awards Program is run by the Integrated Waste Management Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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