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Turning Food Waste into Delicious Dirt!

NOTE: We are not currently composting on campus due to the loss of our composting facility. We are hoping to construct a bigger and better composting facility during the Fall 2017 semester. The below information refers to our previous program and will be updated as we bring our new program online. Thank you for your patience!

The Earlham College Compost Program is managed by the Sustainability Office and Metz Culinary Management and staffed by the Student Sustainability Corps.

Below you will find information on what can be composted in the dining hall and in college houses:

What can go in your compost bin?

√    All fruits and vegetables
√    Brown napkins from Saga
√    Cooked food (no meat or dairy)
√    Coffee grounds and filters
√    Egg shells
√    Any plant matter
√    Grains/bread

DO NOT Compost:
×    Meats
×    Dairy
×    Paper coated in anything artificial (aluminum, wax…etc.)
×    Labels (on your fruit)
×    The disposable coffee cups, or their lids
×    Tea bags

Composting in the Dining Hall
Where is the compost bin? If you are facing the conveyor belt where you place your dirty dishes the compost bin is on your right. The compost bin is a trashcan with a sign indicating what can and can not be composted.

Composting in College Houses

When does the compost get picked up? Every Monday beginning at 4:00 in the afternoon! Make sure to have your bin on your porch!

A few tips to help you make the most of your compost experience:
➢    Use your compost bucket! It’s super easy, reduces waste, helps us make great soil for gardening, and will make your trash smell awesome!
➢    Keep your main bucket outside, so it doesn’t attract bugs into your house
➢    Keep a smaller bucket, like a Tupperware, inside to make composting convenient
➢    In the winter (any time it is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit) make sure to bring your compost bucket in on Sunday night so that it doesn’t freeze. Then place it outside Monday before 4:00 and we will empty it. We can’t empty frozen compost!
➢    Rinse your compost bucket once a week (we recommend the day it is emptied)
➢    Avoid putting liquids into your compost bucket. Liquid foods like watermelon are fine, but try not to pour straight liquids into the bucket because liquids are harder to handle.

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