Julie Muir

Julie Muir

Julie Muir

Speaker | PSSI/Stanford Recycling

Stanford, CA | 650-321-4236 | julie@pssirecycling.com

USCC Member

Ms. Muir has managed Stanford University’s Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Composting Program for the last 24 years. She leads Stanford University toward a zero waste campus through a rigorous and comprehensive program of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting. Julie has led over 29 audits of the campus trash to determine what can be done to further reduce waste to landfill and return more material back to industry. She enjoys most working with students and the campus community on waste reduction and educating on the connection between materials management, the economy, and climate change. Julie Muir is Past-President and current Senior Advisor to the California Resource Recovery Association and Chair of the California Collegiate Recycling Council.

Presentation Title: Teaching the Future, Stanford University’s Composting Collection and Education Programs

Session: Campus Composting, Part 2: Pushing the Boundaries

Time: Tuesday, January 29, 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM

Presentation Summary: Stanford University, a residential research university, located in between San Francisco and San Jose, CA has a population of 35,000 students, staff and faculty. The University started recycling in the 1970’s as a student run operation and evolved over the last 30+ plus years to become one of the largest university recycling programs in the country. This presentation will focus on our comprehensive composting collection and education programs.

Stanford University has composted its yard trimmings and practiced grasscycling, mulching and chipping for over the last 30 years.In addition, we manage 5000 cy of horse manure from the Stanford Barn on site with an Agriculture Storage and Handling Facility permit. Starting in 2003, we began food scraps collection in our dining halls and then expanded collection to student housing, 35 cafes, events, 5 preschool and elementary schools, faculty staff housing,academic buildings, and athletics facilities including our football stadium and tailgating areas. We collect about 2000 tons of food scraps and 1700 tons of yard trimmings per year. We also work with students and our dining halls to collect and rescue over 35 tons of food for donation.

We take our compostables to two different facility. Food rich loads go to SAFE –Sustainable Alternative Feed Enterprises, a process that was developed by the owner of PSSI, Louie Pellegrini, where they dehydrate the food and turn it into animal feed. Yard trimmings are sent to Republic’s Newby Island Compost Facility to make great soil.

We educate our students, staff and faculty through Stanford Sustainability campaign, RecycleMania, and My Cardinal Green, an online incentive program that encourages the campus community to take sustainable actions and rewards them with money.We also work with student groups to help educate students during New Student Orientation and throughout the year in the dorms. We spend a lot of time teaching people how to distinguish between what is compostable and what is not and how to purchase the correct items on our campus wide procurement system. We work with our cafes to train their staff, provide signage and push them to provide compostable only serviceware and we educate our preschool and elementary students by providing rewards for zero waste lunches and proper sorting. Lastly, although too new to say much about it now, by January 2019, we will have started our partnership with Silicon Valley Food Rescue, to rescue even more food than we already do.

This presentation can pick and choose amongst Stanford’s many compost programs or speak about the comprehensive overall program. The focus will be on implementation, bin selection, service details, costs, outreach and education, and evaluation of the different programs. Finally, we will talk about our next steps toward Zero Waste by 2030.