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Turning Food Waste into Delicious Dirt!

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

Below you will find information on what can be composted:

What can go in your compost bin?

√    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.)
×    Labels (on your fruit)
×    The disposable coffee cups, or their lids
×    Tea bags

Composting in the Dining Hall
We are currently composting pre-consumer organic material collected from the kitchen only. Long term, we hope to reintroduce collection of post-consumer materials. 

Composting in College Houses

When does the compost get picked up? Every Saturday beginning at 4:30 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 Friday night so that it doesn’t freeze. Then place it outside Saturday before 4:30 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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