“Food Waste Fiasco”

The Corax

UBC Common Energy held their annual audit of the Student Union Building’s waste this past Thursday.  They take half a day’s worth of garbage, compost and recycling from one of the busiest buildings on campus, sort out things that were incorrectly disposed of and weigh the mis-sorted things.

This year, UBC’s Engineers Without Borders had a booth displaying the food that was dumped into the garbage (no, not the compost).

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It was horrifying, seeing so much perfectly edible food was dumped into the garbage.  Students who walked by couldn’t even tell that this was retrieved from the bins – one girl who was unaware of the event approached the booth and asked,

“So can we just take some?”

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Whole trays of sushi, half-eaten boxes of pasta, fully-packaged and sealed Starbucks yogurt parfaits – the food that ended up on the table could have fed at least 5 ravenous students.  And to…

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