Warren Wilson College has won yet another award from the Carolina Recycling Association, this time for having the Outstanding Composting or Organics Recycling Program in the Carolinas.
The award, presented at the association’s recent annual conference in Asheville, “recognizes a business, government agency, school, organization, or large scale facility that designed and implemented a composting or organics-recycling program that has been in operation for one year.”
In 2006, Warren Wilson received the CRA’s Green Building Project of the Year award for the college’s LEED Gold-certified Orr Cottage. In 2008, the association gave Warren Wilson its inaugural award for Outstanding College or University Recycling Program.
The centerpiece of Warren Wilson’s composting operation is the Greendrum, a self-contained, in-vessel composter that consists of a chopper/mixer, auger conveyor, electric motor and insulated rotating drum. Specific criteria for the composting award include demonstrated waste reduction; an education component; full compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulators; and documented end use of compost accompanied by laboratory analysis of component.
Warren Wilson’s waste management program, supervised by Jessica Wooten for the past several years, began in 1982 with one student who was concerned about the campus waste stream. Today, a crew of up to 25 students is responsible for collecting and managing more than 25 recyclable materials; operating a FreeStore and WoodShop; composting campus food waste; disposing of solid waste; researching and implementing new waste reduction programs; and educating the campus about waste-related issues. For more information on recycling at Warren Wilson, click here.
According to its website, the Carolina Recycling Association has been “conserving resources by advancing waste reduction in North and South Carolina since 1989.”