The University of Victoria's Mystic Market will become the first zero-waste facility on campus when it opens Sept. 19.

UVic’s new food court first ‘zero-waste’ facility on campus

UVic food services relies on in-house chefs to create variety, as franchises are banned on campus

  • Sep. 13, 2014 6:00 a.m.

The University of Victoria’s renovated food court, Mystic Market, will become the institution’s first zero-waste facility when it opens Sept. 19.

Right now, about 72 per cent of all food waste on campus is composted, thanks to staff who ensure nearly all kitchen waste is properly disposed of and through on-campus recycling, said Sarah Dusterbeck, University Food Services co-ordinator.

“UVic Food Services is one of the few universities that has no franchises,” she said. “All meals are prepared in-house by our own chefs using recipes developed by our food and beverage manager.”

Roughly half the food served at UVic is locally sourced, with 28 of 34 food suppliers based on Vancouver Island.

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