Thanks to the great work from CU Facilities Management, you can now compost your food scraps, paper towels, compostable plastics (#7 PLA), and compostable serving ware in EVERY academic/administrative building across campus! Just look in your closest rest rooms for a compost collection bin!
This is very exciting as it culminates a multi year process to provide equal access to compost collections at CU! This operational improvement will put CU one step closer to reaching its zero waste goals.
Did you know your composting efforts can help support eco-social justice, along with helping to reduce climate change? Read on to find out more...
What Can You Compost?
Rest room compost bins are there to collect far more than just paper towels... bring your food scraps and compostable serving ware to rest room compost bins!
Common compostable items include:
- All food scraps, including dairy, meat and bones
- Paper towels, napkins, tissues
- Compostable serving ware, including paper clamshells and paper plates (no plastic lining)
- Compostable plastics (#7 PLA labeled “compostable”)
Items you CANNOT Compost
In order for compost to be turned into nutrient rich soil for growing plants, we need to keep it free of contamination.
Keep these items out of your compost bin:
- Plastic bags
- Candy wrappers, chip bags, condiment packets
- Any plastic utensils, paper cups, or serving ware that are NOT labeled as “compostable”
- All recyclable containers
- Anything on this list of Landfill Items
EcoCycle provides a great list and reasons why to keep your compost clean here.