Composting Options on Campus
Office of Sustainability
445 Henry Mall, Room 306
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
See a map of compost locations on the UW-Madison Campus at this site.
The project is a partnership between the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Planning & Management, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Wisconsin Union, and University Housing.
The majority of the resulting compost is used for research programs at the agricultural research station. The rest is sold to bulk buyers and the funds used to support the equipment needed to collect and process the waste.
Compostable items include fruits and vegetables; breads, grains and pasta; meat and small bones; coffee grounds and filters; tea bags; egg shells; napkins and paper towels; and wooden chopsticks. Do not compost plastic bags; plastic film; food wrappers; plastic utensils, cups or containers; plastic-coated cups, plates or take out boxes; styrofoam; other non-food items; metal silverware and ceramic dishware; fats, oils and/or greases in large quantities.
The West Madison Agricultural Research Station is not an industrial composting facility. Therefore, compostable plastics (cups, silverware, etc) should not be placed in campus compost bins.