Sustainable Dining - Coastal Carolina University
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Sustainable Dining at CCU

The notion of farm to table eating has been around for quite a while, but Coastal Carolina University takes the effort one step farther. Dining halls at the University attempt to source food from as close to CCU as possible, with a network of farms across the Carolinas that supply produce and more. To ramp up the sustainability even more, however, Coastal takes food waste, turns it into compost, then uses that nutritious enhanced soil to feed plants in beds all across campus.

Food Waste Composting

Food waste composting started in August 2015 as a partnership between the Sustain Coastal, Aramark Dining Services, and SMART Recycling.

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Compostable Material Diverted From the Landfill:

  • 2015-2016: 95.19 tons
  • 2016-2017: 61.81 tons
  • 2017-2018: 102.54 tons
  • 2018-2019: 83.85 tons
  • 2019-2020: 58.20 tons 
  • 2020-2021: 40.97 tons
  • 2021-2022: 77.17 tons           



CCU Food Crew, or Aramark, is responsible for managing all dining locations on campus and is an essential partner to ensuring sustainable dining practices. Through a collaborative effort with CCU Food Crew, we are able to provide farm to table options at campus dining locations, offer food waste composting, reduce single-use plastics, and increase our Zero Waste efforts at sporting and other events on campus.   



Don't Waste Food S.C. is a collaborative campaign that is actively bringing together partners from across the public and private sector to help reduce food waste in the state. The campaign is designed to increase awareness of the economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste and empower individuals, businesses and communities to take action through outreach, education and technical assistance centered on prevention, donation, and composting. 



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