Since 2004, CU has been composting in the Dining Halls, capturing over 170 tons of organic materials each year. A large portion of this material is from the prep waste in the Kitchens and the rest is from the "uneaten" food that is sent back to the dish line. Since all of this composting is happening behind the scenes, there are no public compost bins in the Dining/Residence Halls.
In 2007, the University Memorial Center (UMC) started composting "behind the scenes" and started capturing over 20 tons of organic material each year. After a few years, the UMC Grill converted all of the "to-go" ware that their food is served on to be compostable. With this conversion, we were able to set up compost bins to the public in the dining area. Compost bins were also added to the rest rooms to capture the used paper towels, as they can be composted. Now, the UMC composts over 35 tons of organic materials each year.
The Compost Pilot Study in 2011 has proven successful in capturing organic materials from rest room compost bins and now shows the potential for adding public composting to other buildings on campus! We are currently in the Compost Expansion phase to bring composting to all buildings on campus!
Current compost collection totals for FY 2012-2013 are as follows:
The public composting bins in the buildings above are collected on a daily basis by our custodial staff. Above each bin there is a gradsheet posted to instruct you on what is compostable and acceptable to place in the bin. Check out the "Acceptable Materials" page for more details.
Deskside Composting - Option #1: Use a Compost Mini Bin
Deskside Composting - Option #2: Do Not use a Compost Mini Bin
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If you didn't get a Mini Bin and would like one, or would like to request another Mini Bin, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org