Quite simply, by composting, you can help the environment. The organic waste you put back into the environment can be made use of by other living things. It also allows you to recycle things that might have otherwise polluted a landfill or created toxic smoke in a garbage burning facility.
Did You Know . . .
- Trash sits in a landfill and doesn't break down. Composting breaks waste down into a usable form of fertilizer.
- Biodegradable waste in a landfill breaks down to form methane, a potent greenhouse gas, while composting allows the waste to break down naturally, releasing only CO2 (a less potent gas).
- The methane produced from landfilling compostable materials results in over 21 times as much greenhouse gasses as compared to composting these materials.
Composting at the Law School
A composting program has been instituted at the Law School. Please do your part so that we can all make a difference.
What To Compost
- ALL FOOD: Fruit, Vegetables, Cheese, Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Bread, Rice, Pasta, Etc.
- Coffee Grounds & Filters
- Tea Bags
- Food Soiled Paper (Napkins, Towels, Plates, Etc.)
- Wine Corks made of Cork; Plastic corks should be placed recycled
- Compostable Silverware, Plates, Cups, and Stirrers (Provided in Wachtell, Golding, and Law School events)
- Paper Bags & Newspaper Used To Wrap Food Scraps or Line Apartment Compost Pails
Do NOT Compost The Following
- Plastic Bags
- Liquids of Any Kind
- Other Recyclable & Trash
How To Compost
Vanderbilt Hall, Furman Hall, and Wilf Hall (22 Washington Square North to be added in the future)
Cafes & Event Spaces
Phase I of the composting program in Vanderbilt and Furman Halls allows for all food waste from the Cafes and events held in the building (locations noted below), and all of the disposable materials that are made of compostable materials, to be composted by the Special Events, Culinary, and building staffs.
- Greenberg Lounge
- Tishman Auditorium
- Snow Dining Room
- Lester Pollack Colloquium
- Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Cafe
- Golding Cafe
- Faculty Library
Furman Hall Apartments
A small, tan compost bin is available to all residents of Furman Hall. Residents should place all compostable materials in this bin. Once the bin is full, residents should empty it into the large compost bin located on each residential floor. A paper bag or newspaper may be used to line the bin in your apartment and disposed of in the hallway compost bin. Plastic bags cannot be placed in the compost bins.
Wilf Hall 2nd Floor
A compost bin has been placed in the pantry area on the 2nd floor of Wilf Hall. We hope to expand this program to all of Wilf Hall in the future.
Mercer Residence & D'Agostino Hall
A small, tan compost bin has been placed in each D'Agostino Hall and Mercer Residence apartment. Residents should place all compostable materials in this bin. Once the bin is full, empty it into the large compost bin located in the trash closet on each residential floor. A paper bag or newspaper may be used to line the bin in your apartment and disposed of in the hallway compost bin. Plastic bags cannot be placed in the compost bins.
The Commons, Offices, and Journals
Compost bins are located in The Commons (Green Plastic), second floor pantry (under the sink), and in the Journal area (Green Plastic). Please place all compostable materials in these bins.
Special Events Locations & Kitchen
The Office of Special Events and Culinart are actively taking part in the recycling and composting programs. All food waste is composted and most of the disposable plates, napkins, stirrers, cutlery and cups are made of compostable material. Accordingly, all used disposable materials are either composted or recycled.
Where Does the Compost Go?
Action Carting takes the compost collected to McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton, NY.
- EPA Compost Guide
- NYC Compost Project: City-wide workshops and compost give-backs in 5 boroughs, funded by NYC Department of Sanitation.
- Green Map System: Explore Manhattan and add your own composting images and insignts.