SOUTH BEND - The University of Notre Dame is implementing a new food waste system in an effort to reduce nonconsumable food waste on campus. The university is working to install Grind2Energy, a system that prepares food waste to be converted to clean, renewable energy.

Notre Dame is only the second school in the U.S. to use the food-waste recycling system. The waste will be donated to a local farm to be repurposed. 

The university installed the first of three Grind2Energy systems, consisting of a processing sink, grinder and 5,000-gallon outdoor holding tank, at the Center for Culinary Excellence in January. Two new Grind2Energy systems will be installed in the north and south dining halls this year.

“Our implementation of this solution to tackle a large portion of our nonconsumable food waste enables us to take a big step towards meeting our waste diversion goals set as part of our University Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy,” said Carol Mullaney, senior director of sustainability at Notre Dame, in a news release. “While we continue to work on source reduction and donations of consumable food to local outlets, we will still have food waste and it’s exciting to know that it will now avoid the landfill and be converted into clean energy.”