Millersville University food waste recycling program

Food Waste Recycling

Millersville University

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Founded as a teaching college in 1955, Millersville University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Millersville, PA.

ERC teamed up with Millersville University to revitalize an existing food waste recycling program incepted 10 years ago. The program aligns with the university’s sustainability mission to serve as a unique role model for its communities and train individuals to develop social, economic, and technological solutions that advance sustainability.

ERC Services Implemented

Waste Disposal and Waste Management Recycling Services
Millersville University


  • 7

    ERC diverted 7 tons of organic/food waste in just 1 month

  • 3

    ERC collects dining services waste 3x per week during the active school year

  • 400

    Millersville dining services recycle roughly 400 lbs. of organic/food waste per day

Initially, I was surprised by how much there was – 50 to 60 tons. That’s a lot of diverted trash. –Gerry Shehan, Millersville Associate Director of Dining


To continue their sustainability mission, Millersville University needed a reputable food waste recycling provider after an existing vendor ceased composting services 5 years ago.


Millersville approached ERC to take over the food waste recycling program incepted nearly 10 years prior. ERC provided 96-gallon waste containers and assisted in training the university’s 300-person kitchen staff on best practices for execution. Collected waste includes both pre-consumer (kitchen scraps) and post-consumer (final user) waste. Collected 3 times per week, food waste goes to Oregon Dairy Organics, a Lancaster compost facility.


ERC has diverted 7 tons of food waste per month, or roughly 400 pounds per day during the active school year. In addition to reducing disposal costs for the university, ERC’s solution helped inspire further sustainability efforts in campus dining facilities. These initiatives include the use of recycled and biodegradable paper napkins and takeout boxes, eliminating plastic straws, paper cups, and plastic lids in resident dining units, and recycling of cardboard, plastic bottles, glass, aluminum, newspapers, and office paper.

Gerry Shehan and his team are committed to environmental sustainability throughout all areas of Millersville University’s campus. Their food waste recycling program is just one example of their success.
Crystal Workinger
Account Executive, ERC

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