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Organics Waste

Food Waste Digester
Finneran Pavilion Aerobic Biodigester

Villanova University is actively committed to reduce, recover, or divert as much organics waste as possible.

Landscaping debris, or yard waste, on campus is composted by the Grounds Department.  All dead leaves and plant matter are composted on campus and used as soil amendments in the landscaping operations.

Pre-consumer food waste is currently diverted from landfill or incineration through aerobic biodigestion systems in these  locations:

  • Dougherty Hall 
  • Donahue Hall
  • Finneran Pavilion 
  • Widger Law School 

The image at the top of this page shows one of our new digesters that is used to process food waste on campus.  More than 1,000 pounds of food waste is processed through these systems each day.



Villanova University has launched a pilot program to collect post-consumer organics waste for composting.  To learn more, please click on the button below:

For more information on how aerobic digestion works, please click on the image below:

BioHitech Aerobic Digesters Video
BioHiTech Aerobic Digester Video