Burge Market Place Food Pulper


Back in 2012, choosing new technologies and sophisticated processes, Hillcrest Market Place went trayless, installed a new highly efficient dishwasher, and bought a food pulper which allows us to compost post-consumer food scraps. This waste diversion goal is something that supports other recycling goals within the university. Some of the benefits we’ve already seen with the Hillcrest pulper are:

  • Currently 3,000 pounds of food scraps per week (48 tons per year) are taken to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, where it is put into the compost area for recycling.
  • The food pulper saves about 1.5 million gallons of water a year ($18,000 for water & wastewater treatment savings) as it recycles water in the scrapping trough versus running the garbage disposals all day at 10-15 gallons of water use per minute.
  • The new dishwasher uses 50 gallons of water per hour versus the old machine using 350 gallons of water per hour. This saves 2,400 gallons per day and 650,000 gallons per year ($8,000 for water and wastewater treatment savings per year).
  • Going trayless decreases chemical cleaners in the amount of approximately $8,000 per year.

We’re happy to announce that this summer Burge Market Place also received a new pulper and we are continuing our effort to be more sustainable within UHD and support the University of Iowa 2020 Vision.