3 R's Program

Food Services recycles all glass and plastic food packaging. In 2008 Food Services recycled approximately 33,000 pounds of cardboard. 
That is the same in weight as three full grown African elephants. 
If we were to crush those cardboard boxes flat and lay them end to end, we could navigate the Big Circle at BYUH 29 times 

In conjunction with an outside vendor, Food Services captures approximately 1,200 gallons of waste oil which is recycled into bio diesel fuel and used on equipment such as trucks, lawn mowers, and other small equipment.

Animal fat from our baked chicken, pork, and beef are collected as part of our recycling efforts and converted into biodiesel fuel.
  • Energy Consumption
Our pulping system in the dish room drastically reduces the volume of paper and food waste being sent to landfills. 
In conjuction with our trayless efforts, Food Services convserved 27,450 gallons of water in Fall Semester 2008 in the dish room. 
In 2008, over a six month period, Food Service was able to reduce our KWh usage by 159,000 units.The value of the reduced energy consumption can be measured by these equivalents: 
Operating a 2.5 ton central air conditioner in a home for 24 hours per day, 365 days a year for approximately five years. 
This was accomplished by installing sensor lights on the exterior building for night security, turning off major appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, and ceiling lights when not in use. Lights in the dining room were also dimmed.   

In Winter 2009, Food Services installed low flow nozzle sprayers at five locations. The change to these sprayers will reduce our water consumption within a year by approximately 716,000 gallons. The value of this conversation would mean that if a person needs 8 - 8oz glasses of water per day that would be able to: 
      Provide enough water to meet the consumption needs of 2,500 students at BYUH for about 1 1/2 years or ... 
                   Provide a family of 6 with all their household water needs to include bath, restroom and drinking water (approx. 80 - 100 gallons per person per day)to last a little over three years. 
Currently Food Services is working on installing low flow faucets in all of its operations providing an additional reduction of water consumption. 
Over a two year period, Food Services has reduced its propane gas usage by 35% by shutting equipment off when not in use and better planning on menu cycles. 
Going trayless has made significant impacts towards lowering our chemical usage and reducing our energy consumption. 

Buying Local 
In order to help reduce our carbon imprint and reduce greenhouse gas emission from ground transportation, Food Services buys local, fresh products whenever possible. 
One such purchase is papaya's from Kamiya Gold located right next to BYU-Hawaii. 
Long squash, cucumbers and long green beans are products that Food Services purchases from another local vendor called, HO Farms . 
Hau'ula Tomatoes another local farmer located in Hau'ula has products that are used in our catering events. 
For more information about local farmers visit the web site: 

Local foods are used in ALL areas of Food Services.