Michigan Tech is investigating various methods of home composting at the Sustainability Demonstration House. This includes the traditional backyard aerobic composting of kitchen food waste, the Whirlpool Zera Dehydrator/Composter, and the Bokashi Fermenter/Pre-composter (shown below). Each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.
Aerobic Composting of Kitchen Food Waste
Whirlpool Zera Dehydrator/Composter
Dining Hall Food Waste
Michigan Tech is also investing in a large scale Dehydrator/Composter through a grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) formerly the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The goal is to reduce food disposal waste by 90% daily.