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Marshall University blazes trail for composting in West Virginia


As the interest in organics waste diversion continues to gain traction across the United States, many businesses, municipalities and universities have led the pack in implementing large-scale food waste and composting infrastructure to tackle this critical waste stream. 

Such trailblazing efforts can be seen at Marshall University, where the university’s sustainability department is preparing to open the first commercial composting facility in the state of West Virginia. 

When fully operational, the facility will be the second-largest university compost facility in the eastern U.S. and will have the capacity to compost 8 tons of organic waste per day. 

“I think [the opening of the facility] is an opportunity for [Marshall University] to be a leader in our state,” says Marshall University’s Sustainability Manager Amy Parsons-White, who oversaw the design of the compost facility. “We’re producing a valuable product for our community, and I think that’s an important part, too.” 

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