Students at Texas State now have a new way of going green on campus.
Jason Sanders, a graduate horticulture student, created the "Bobcat Blend" program. Sanders said this program offers a "sustainable loop" for cafeteria waste to be disposed of, composted, and eventually brought back to campus to help beautify the grounds.
After receiving the appropriate funding, Sanders placed new bins for organic and paper waste next to the recycling and trash bins at the start of this semester.
The program has quickly gained popularity, as students participate regularly by discarding their organic and paper waste in the labeled bins. The contents are then taken by volunteers to a nearby composting site.
After decomposing, the compost is then added to flower beds and green space throughout the campus. They intend for the golf courses and football field to also benefit from the program.
Texas State is the first school in the state to develop such a program. It is Sanders's hope that this will educate students in becoming sustainable on campus, and to realize the advantages of this agricultural technique.