Office of Environmental Sustainability

Residential Compost Program

We started a campuswide compost system in fall 2011 that gives students the opportunity to compost in campus housing.

The RCT selects 15-20 compost captains to facilitate compost programs in their halls or houses. Captains will place compost bins in a designated area where residents can deposit their waste. Every Sunday, captains will put their bins outside their building to be picked up by the RCT compost truck. One of the captains will join the RCT on a quick run to bring compost bins from all across campus to the Johnson House Garden, where they will be emptied and cleaned.

This system is entirely student run, so we need your help! All programs require a captain and enthusiastic composters. If you’re interested in being a compost captain, please send email to .

What is compostable?

Cooked and raw food scraps:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Eggshells
  • Tofu
  • Tea bags (paper only, not silk)
  • Oats
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Bread and crackers, especially those made from whole grains
  • Small amounts of pasta, white breads and other processed grains

Non-edible scraps contribute as carbon sources:

  • Shredded paper towels
  • Dried leaves and pine needles
  • Dead house plants

Meat and dairy waste:

  • No meat of any kind
  • No cheese, yogurt, etc.
  • No animal bones

Plastics and Paperboard:

  • No “compostable” DeCafe or Dascomb take-out containers (these can only be composted by large commercial composting facilities as they require high heat to break down)


  • No sports drinks or sodas

Very oily foods:

  • No heavy salad dressings or large amounts of other cooking oils

Highly processed or sugary foods:

  • No candy
  • No twinkies, cake, cupcakes, cookies