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Former coordinator David Gray-Donald (left) with the McGill University Director of Sustainability, Dennis Fortune (right), at the launch event for the Big Hanna in-vessel composter on October 19, 2010, as part of waste reduction week.

The Big Hanna T240 in-vessel composter was installed on May 29, 2010. It was purchased in part by McGill University with funds raised by Gorilla Composting. The project was spearheaded by former Gorilla coordinator David Gray-Donald (B.A. & Sc. '10) (pictured above) and took the better part of two years to come to fruition. THe McGill University Director of Sustainability, Dennis Fortune (pictured above), was a tremendous help for the project.

The above photo was taken at the launch event on October 19, 2010, as part of Québec Waste Reduction Week. Several media outlets covered the story.

The project is a joint effort between Gorilla Composting and the following McGill University departments: Office of Sustainability; Food and Dining Services; Grounds, Buildings and Special Events. Special thanks to the funding bodies of the project McGill Sustainability Projects Fund; Generations Pact; Environment Canada EcoAction; the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU); and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

With the advent of the in-vessel composter, at least 62 tonnes of organic waste generated at McGill University can be processed on-site annually. Pre- and post-consumer organic waste generated from the major cafeterias, e.g., Royal Victoria College, New Residence, the Faculty Club and the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) building will be processed by the machine. The WAste Reduction Model, developed by the U.S. E.P.A., suggests that 88.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) will be offset by processing the waste as opposed to sending it to landfill. An additional 0.6 tonnes of CO2e will be offset by reducing the number of trips to the Lacheanie landfill.

On-going Gorilla-related projects hope to increase the capacity of the composter more than two-fold, to 150 tonnes of organic waste per annum. This will be accomplished by using food waste macerators to break up the organic waste and remove water before processing in the composter.

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