Composting Options on Campus



Outreach Office
2204 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

DeJope Dining Hall, Gordon Commons, Rhetas, and Carson Gulley all have composting available.

Currently there are compost bins available at five locations on campus:

  • Lot 62 outside the NAT and the School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Lot 76 near the Goodman Softball Complex
  • Behind Science Hall
  • Throughout the first floor of Union South
  • Capital Cafe in Grainger Hall

The project is a partnership between the Office of Sustainability, the We Conserve program, Transportation Services, Physical Plant, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The bins are emptied twice each week, on Mondays and Thursdays, and the waste is combined with pre-consumer waste from the campus unions, housing, and UW Hospital and taken to the West Madison Agricultural Research Station for composting.

The majority of the resulting compost is used for research programs at the agricultural research station. The rest is sold to buyers and the funds used to support the equipment needed to collect and process the waste.

Compostable items include fruit and vegetable peelings and cores, stale bread, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, egg shells, pasta and rice, paper towels and napkins, and shredded newspaper. Plastic and items containing meat, fish, bones, or dairy products should not be included. A complete list is available

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.

Keywords:compost recycle green option opportunities trash food waste fertalizer compostable fertilizer research sustainability sustainable we conserve conservation   Doc ID:24555
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Created:2012-06-01 16:30 CDTUpdated:2016-07-22 09:28 CDT
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