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A large expenditure of time, money and energy routinely goes into the preparation of food for the Campus community. This area of campus operations consumes a significant portion of resources and generates large volumes of wastes.

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Due to its unique characteristics, this particular area of campus operations is an excellent candidate for the adoption of focused and appropriate sustainable practices. One distinctive aspect is that most of food services are provided through our vendors/ contractors, who could be asked to meet sustainability goals and performance standards. Contract negotiation periods are a particularly important time for instituting reforms in dining services. A wide range of approaches are being developed by producers to sustainably grow food. The Malaysian public is increasingly familiar with the health and environmental benefits of organic farming (avoiding artificial pesticides and fertilizers).

Heavy consumption of meat and dairy products require special attention, as this activity is a leading source of water pollution (from animal wastes) and habitat loss. The other special consideration for Malaysians is the rapid rise in the consumption of calories, which requires that more food be grown, processed, transported and prepared – and is leading to a health crisis of truly large proportions. Thus campus food services and system have a crucial educational role (positive or negative) in educating students that food choices matter for health, environment and society.

SOLID WASTES RECYCLING PROGRAM

Solid Wastes Recycling is a very important initiative at Taylor’s University. Our Campus has set a target to achieve 60% recycling rate in 2016 and subsequently hit 90% by end of 2017.

The Campus Facilities Management has created an excellent partnership with our students’ Community Services Initiatives (CSI) and various Academic Schools and other Support organizations to drive this Recycling initiative for organics wastes, construction-related waste from major projects and Food de-composting.

We have started taking various steps to reduce environmental impacts. Programs and initiatives will be implemented to raise awareness of recycling on campus among all students, staff, faculty, and visitors of university facilities and events. Additional Recycling Centers have been created and Recycling containers will be installed across the campus.

The university recycles a wide array of materials including paper, metal, wood, food, bottles and cans, yard waste, construction debris, electronic equipment and a variety of “industrial wastes” such as motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, tires and fluorescent tubes, among other materials.

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