UI hospitals to change ways of reducing food waste

Published On: Feb 08 2013 03:50:43 PM CST
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is changing its procedures for reducing food waste.

The Gazette reports CEO Ken Kates told the Iowa Board of Regents this week that the hospital will eliminate Styrofoam and nonrecyclable plastic from its cafeterias so that it can compost food waste.

Kates also says the hospital, which serves about 10,000 meals a day, will cook smaller batches of food based on customer demand. They also plan to donate more food. The changes will be made by the end of March.

The newspaper reported in January that the hospital threw away $181,000 worth of prepared food last year, despite the university's goal to divert 60 percent of waste by 2020.