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

Where is compost collected on campus?

  • Dining Hall
    • Pre-consumer compostablesare collected by kitchen staff.
    • Post-consumer compost (stuff left on your plates) is also collected in the dining hall. Please look for signs and follow guidelines about what to put in the compost collection as you put away your plates after meals.
  • Other dining locations
    • Café 1847: New in Fall 2019, we will begin collecting compostable waste leftover from the prep line each day
    • Intermetzo: New in Fall 2019, we will begin collecting used coffee grounds from Intermetzo.
  • Rose City Coffee Co-op: Used coffee grounds
  • Residence Hall kitchens
    • New trial run in Fall 2019.
    • There will be a compost bucket available in each kitchen.
    • Please look for signs and follow guidelines about what to put in the bucket.
  • College Houses and Apartments
    • Members of the SSC will contact each house/apartment at the beginning of fall semester to ask you to opt into the composting program.
    • You will be provided a bucket and signage with guidelines about what to compost, along with information about the collection schedule.
    • Some tips for you:
      • 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 the night before collection to thaw. 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.
  • Academic Building kitchenettes
    • New trial run in Fall 2019.
    • There will be a compost bucket available in kitchenettes in academic buildings by request.
    • Please look for signs and follow guidelines about what to put in the bucket.

 

What can be composted on campus?

There should be signage with each collection container, but below are some general rules. Please contact sustainability@earlham.edu, if there is missing signage that we should know about!

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Compostable:
√    All fruits and vegetables
√    Paper towels and napkins
√    Cooked food (no meat or dairy)
√    Coffee grounds and filters
√    Egg shells
√    Any plant matter
√    Grains/bread
√    Tea bags
√    Corrugated cardboard (torn up)

DO NOT Compost:
×    Meats
×    Dairy
×    Paper coated in anything artificial (aluminum, wax…etc.)
×    The disposable coffee cups, or their lids
×    Greasy or oily foods (like French fries)

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