The Compost Project, which took root in 2004, is a grassroots-level environmental organization that rests upon a unique relationship between students of Truman State University and Sodexo employees. The project was started by Dr. Michael Kelrick with financial assistance obtained through a grant from the Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District, Region “C”.
The Compost Project, which now operates in every food service venue on campus, fosters a sense of environmentalism and provides students with the opportunity to make a difference at their university. Student members of the Compost Crew work with Sodexo employees to harvest the University’s food wastes. These wastes, which would have otherwise made their way to the local landfill, will eventually become a nutrient rich soil additive free for the community.
The project diverts more than 100,000 pounds of food waste from landfills each year, converting it into a rich soil amendment that is applied to fields at the University Farm and made available to the public.