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Composting

All pre-consumer food waste generated in campus kitchens in LaCava, the Student Center and the Dana Center is collected in Bentley’s compost program. Additionally, post-consumer food waste is collected in from leftover meals in the 921 dining hall and from the university’s catering operations. The food waste is sent to Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus, Massachusetts where it is processed into compost.

Rocky Hill Farm has been located in North Saugus, MA since the early 1920′s. Back then the primary business was the raising of livestock. Today the farm has evolved into organic recycling of yard waste to produce a high quality compost to be used in the enrichment of soil. We are fully committed in the recycling of organic material and producing a by-product that is good for the environment. Recently we fabricated an in-vessel digester that composts grass clippings, leaves and food waste (fruits and vegetables). The raw material goes in the digester and in three days it is completely broken down into compost. It is then put into windrows for another 4 weeks to fully mature. The next stage is to screen the compost in our McCloskey Trommel screener. The compost can be spread on fields for the growing of vegetables, used as a soil amendment, turf dressing, erosion control, potted plants or used in heavy soils to increase drainage.