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Organic Wastestream Project. Leaders: Jen Fallon and Charlene Volpe Consists of over 50 sites to be examined for possible sources of organic waste. Each intern was assigned various sites that seemed to relate to each other or would possibly have the same waste stream as each other.

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organic wastestream project
Organic Wastestream Project
  • Leaders: Jen Fallon and Charlene Volpe
  • Consists of over 50 sites to be examined for possible sources of organic waste.
  • Each intern was assigned various sites that seemed to relate to each other or would possibly have the same waste stream as each other.
  • Analysis to determine if the organic waste present on campus can be used for biofuel production, ethanol production, put in the anaerobic digester, recycled, or composted.
  • Currently, the University of New Hampshire has implemented an innovative organic waste stream.
  • Using UNH has a model, the BioEnergy interns can garner knowledge for the development of their own waste stream management project.
  • UNH developed compost programs and waste collection techniques.
    • Pilot program: utilized one dining hall to compost its own organic wastes.
    • Managed by 5 interns.
    • In the following year it was determined the amount each meal produced in pre and post consumer wastes.
      • Dining halls installed food pulpers
      • Interns collect the food waste every morning and bring the waste to an agronomy research station where it is composted.
wastestream project
Wastestream Project
  • Ultimately, we want the project to be streamlined and cohesive.
    • At the end of the project we will have an Excel spreadsheet with footnotes, units, and sources of waste with uniform methods of analysis.
    • Waste Energy and Ecological Development Report.
charlene volpe other dining services
Charlene Volpe – “Other” Dining Services
  • Greek Food Services
  • Medical Food courts at Shands Hospital
  • Graham Oasis, FLMNH Resturant, Mr. Two Bits Café.
charlene volpe greek dining
Charlene Volpe - Greek Dining
  • Data from a sorority member
  • Each sorority hires their own chef.
  • The chefs receive their food to be prepared by a truck that comes daily and drops off fresh food.
  • Salad bar
  • When diners are finished eating they take their trays to a centrally located garbage drum (probably 32 gallon container), and dispose of their leftovers.
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Charlene Volpe – Greek Dining
  • Only one 32 gallon container is needed for lunch, and one is used and filled at dinner.
  • All leftover food not consumed is never thrown away; all of it is put in containers and stored as leftovers in the refrigerators, free to be eaten by first come first served basis
  • Unlikely kitchen includes a fryer. A fraternity house may have one. Here we might find some vegetable oil
  • About 150 people eat lunch. She estimated that 100 people eat dinner
  • There is a possible waste stream in Greek dining that can be used for biofuel production.
  • All of the fraternities recycle, there is an opportunity here to get the sororities involved.
charlene volpe shands food services
Charlene Volpe - Shands Food Services
  • Two locations house dining services
    • Shands Children’s Hospital
      • Cafeteria
      • Food Court
    • Shands at UF
      • Cafeteria
      • Food Court; vending machines
        • Wendy’s, Pizza Inn, TCBY, Havan Mediterranean
        • Serves 1,473,554 meals a year.
      • Medical Deli Plaza: serves breakfast and lunch
james duncan reitz union
James Duncan – Reitz Union
  • Source of data: Mike Mironack, Operations Director of the Reitz Union.
  • Consists of waste from:
    • Reitz Union food services, Career Resource Center, the hotel, the bookstore and business services.
  • All food wastes are commingled and sent to two compactors at ground level of the building.
    • Compactor waste
    • Cardboard waste
wei liu biosolids husbandry waste
Wei Liu – Biosolids & Husbandry Waste
  • Animal wastes (Husbandry)
  • Wasted sludge (Biosolids)
    • Any organic material has the possibility to break down aerobically to create methane.
  • This project is an estimation of the various organic waste and its suitability as a stock feed to Dr. Wilkie’s anaerobic digester.
wei liu biosolids
Wei Liu - Biosolids
  • Biosolids:
    • Wasted sludge from waste water treatment plant.
    • UF has one plant that takes in all sewage water from the campus and reclaims the usable water.
      • It waters the landscape, steam generation for the power plant, and sent to Lake Alice
    • The irreclaimables are collected as wasted sludge in a bin and trucked away by GRU to be either applied on a farm or buried on a landfill.
    • Data to be collected:
      • gallons of wasted sludge
      • Sludge characteristics
      • Seasonal volume variance
      • Disposal methods
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Wei Liu - Biosolids
  • Animal wastes:
    • Considerably more heterogeneous mixture than biosolids.
    • The UF Veterinary school disposes of their wastes as a part of their regular office wastes.
scott edmundson green waste
Scott Edmundson – Green Waste
  • Lake Alice, Aquatic plants, lawns, departmental wastes
  • Green Waste: botanical wastes –
    • Yard waste, lawn clippings, woody debris, harvested aquatic weeds, organic wastes from plant related departments.
  • This waste stream managed by UF Physical Plant.
    • Albert Krause, Solid Waste coordinator of the Grounds Dept. is in charge of the removal of this waste.
scott edmundson al kraus
Scott Edmundson – Al Kraus
  • There are five components to UF’s waste stream:
          • Yard waste
          • Paper
          • Recyclables (cardboard, plastic, glass)
          • Sewage
          • Trash
  • UF recycles ~38% of all waste.
  • Costs UF $2 million annually waste removal
          • 265 trash dumpsters
          • 110 paper recycling dumpsters
          • 5 baling machines
          • 15 garbage compactors
          • 15 roll-offs for construction
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Scott Edmundson – Al Kraus
  • Paper – a major output
    • Currently recovering ~70% of recyclable paper
      • Issues:
        • Consciousness of the recycling program
        • Education on recycling
        • Custodial staff integrating recycling as part of their duties.
    • Yard Waste –
      • ~25% out of 288 tons is not organic.
      • The organic is transported to wood resource recovery facility in Gainesville where they compost the waste.
    • While PPD seems to have yard waste under control, a possible avenue for the interns to take is the golf courses and athletic fields, as PPD has no control over these lands.
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Scott Edmundson – Green Waste
  • Average annual amount removed from campus is 28-32 tons.
  • 25% of the tonnage removed are silicate sands
  • UF pays ~$50,000 per year for removal
  • Departmental wastes are not included in these figures
    • End up in landfills.
    • Possibility of providing alternate bins to divert the flow of compostable and digestible organic wastes out of landfills and into the bins to be composted or recycled.
shunpei iguchi broward dining
Shunpei Iguchi – Broward Dining
  • Data obtained from Fred Starr, manager of Broward Dining.
  • This location has the most potential for high quality oil for biofuel production.
    • Two brands of oil:
      • Arrezzio used most often
      • Frymax – deep frying
    • Oil is disposed into a tank outside of the cafeteria and Griffin Industries is called to pick up the waste oil when the tank is filled.
      • Normal Waste Oil is not separated from deep fry oil waste.
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Shunpei Iguchi – Broward Dining
  • Solid Waste:
    • Organic and inorganic wastes are not separated.
    • These wastes are disposed of in the dumpster every Thursday.
    • A compactor is in place for the cardboard
jen fallon dorms labs o connell center
Jen Fallon – Dorms, Labs, O’Connell Center
  • O’Connell Center
  • Data obtained from Jeff Chenery, Associate Director
    • Amount of waste fluctuates
    • Organic and inorganic waste is not separated before disposal nor is it measured.
    • Cardboard is recycled in a dumpster.
      • A more extensive recycling program is in the works for next school year.
      • There is a good possibility for oil waste at this location.