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Recycling – Tip of the Week: Composting at OSU

June 1st, 2012

This post summarizes current options for composting on campus – in your department and while dining on campus – as well as what happens to the compost that is collected.

How to Compost in your Department:

1. Worm Bins

worm binUse red wigglers to break down your waste. This option is great for those who would like to manage their own composting and want the finished compost.

We provide: 1) A ready-to-go worm bin with sign(s), 2) additional bedding (shredded paper) if/when needed, 3) a care guide and answers to your questions

You provide: 1) A designated person to maintain the bin (bury food, add bedding, harvest)

What is accepted: Non-animal food waste (no meat/dairy/eggs), paper napkins, paper towels, cardboard

2. Compost Drop Points

Collect your organic waste in your break room and dump it at a nearby compost drop point. This option is great for smaller departments and those who would like to manage their own composting.

We provide: 1) A lidded container with sign(s), 2) The list of drop points and what each accepts

You provide: 1) A designated person to maintain the bin (visually inspect and remove unacceptable items, empty about 2 times per week, wash container periodically)

Learn how to sign-up for either option on our website.

3. Collection Route

Collect yocompost bucketur organic waste in your break room and dump it into an outdoor compost cart that we service. This option is great for those who are in larger departments and are willing to engage their department/building occupants to participate.

We provide: 1) An outdoor compost cart (which we service once per week), 2) A lidded bucket you use indoors and empty into the outdoor cart (which the department will be responsible for washing and emptying) with sign(s)

You provide: 1) Help communicating with and engaging your department/building so the bin is utilized (via emailing, signage, presentations, word-of-mouth, etc), 2) a designated person to maintain the indoor bucket (empty about 2 times per week, wash container periodically)

What is accepted: All food waste (including animal products), fibers (napkins, coffee filters, paper towels, pizza boxes, etc), and compostable serving ware (labeled as such)

Tips for Zero Waste Meals on Campus:

1. Eat at restaurants on campus that compost:

  • Dining Centers: Arnold Center, McNary Central, Marketplace West
  • Coffee Shops: Ava’s Cafe, Dixon Cafe, e.cafe, JavaStop, Java II, Peet’s Coffee & Tea
  • Restaurants: Cascadia Market, Pangea Cafe

2. Bring any compost you generate to Compost Drop Points or Dining Centers:

  • Compost Drop Points: ALS 3-Bin System, Student Sustainability Center, Property Services Building. What is accepted varies by location (see map for details).
  • Dining Centers: Place food scraps on tray return (McNary & West) or in designated compost bin (Arnold). What is accepted: All food waste (including meat/dairy/eggs); paper napkins & towels; cardboard; compostable plates, cups, and utensils.

Where Does the Compost Go?

All materials collected at the Dining Centers, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, and at the Property Services Building is processed at our local Pacific Region Compost Facility.  Any materials collected the Student Sustainability Center, ALS 3-Bin System, and in individual worm bins are used by the people and organizations that maintain them.

compost in hands

This post is part of our Tip of the Week series for spring term 2012; see all the tips of the week here.

One Response to “Recycling – Tip of the Week: Composting at OSU”

  1. [...] NEW! Recycling Tip of the Week: Composting at OSU. Did you know that Campus Recycling can help you compost in your department? Options include using compost drop points or receiving and maintaining a worm bin. You can also compost by choosing to dine at an OSU restaurant that composts, or bringing your compost to a drop point on campus. Learn more on Campus Recycling’s blog. [...]

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