Sustain-a-bin is an autonomous composting bin which will be implemented in cafeteria’s that utilize reusable dishes and dish carousels. The Sustain-a-bin will be equipped with an internal micro-computer, scale, wifi module and display. As consumers finish their meals and dispose of their unfinished food, the bin will the display the weight of their waste as well as the cost associated with that quantity of food. It will also display the total weight and cost of the accumulated organic waste of the entire establishment for the day. The Sustain-a-bin will encourage food waste reduction and provide valuable data for research initiatives.