Composting Program

YELLOW IS THE NEXT GREEN THING – AND IT’S GETTING AN UPDATE!

The compost program’s accepted materials list is expanding and will now accept additional organics and compostable stamped items, including meat, bread and compostable foodwares.

Bright yellow compost bins, located in the main floor foyers of each building and in main eateries across campus, are ready to receive discarded organic and compostable material, including all food – from fruit, vegetables, meat and bread – to napkins, wooden utensils, chopsticks and containers stamped compostable. Smaller bins will also be placed in the collegia and lunchrooms across campus.

Collection from the foyer bins is completed three times a week by Facilities Management. The collected material now has two destinations – clean kitchen prep food wastes is added to the campus composters — two giant (4,000 lb capacity) Earth Tubs. The decomposition process will produce a product to enhance soil quality in campus gardens and flower beds, keeping these organics out of the landfill. The remaining organic and compostable material is collected in 3 yard collection bins and hauled away to Spa Hills Farm, a compost facility in Salmon Arm, BC.

Visit the Sustainability Office for more information on sorting compost and other waste.

Acceptable Material for Composting NOT Accepted
Vegetable prep waste Plastic: bags, containers & utensils
Napkins & absorbent paper products Containers not stamped Compostable
Coffee grounds & filters
Tea leaves & bags
Egg shells
Meat, meat trimmings, fish, fish bones
Dairy products: butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt, all cheese products & other
Whole oranges, melons & other soft fruits
Wax paper, ie: pizza box liners
Containers stamped Compostable
Wooden utensils & chopsticks

 

United Landscapes staff adding campus compost to the soil.