The scraps are no longer scrapped.

Nutrition Services staff at Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton and Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, Minn. are now diverting kitchen scraps, such as vegetable peels, meat trimmings, paper plates, paper towels and bones, from the garbage into compost bins, eliminating about 50,000 pounds of waste per year from their waste streams and  resulting in a savings of about $1,300 annually in waste-related costs.

The two sites’ efforts will also save at least 12.7 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year—the equivalent of removing 33 cars from the road annually.

The shift from garbage to compost has also reduced the number of times Environmental Services picks up garbage from the kitchen from twice a day to once daily.

Both hospitals plan to add organics composting to the customer-facing tray line in the cafeteria sometime this year once they fully transition to compostable dishware.

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