Housing

Compost

A composting program has been initiated in both Mercer Residence and D'Agostino Hall.  The program makes composting simple and easy for all of our residents. 

 

Why Compost

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.

  • 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 20 times as much greenhouse gasses as compared to composting these materials.

 

How To Compost

A small, tan compost bin has been placed in each D'Agostino Hall and Mercer Residence apartment. Residents should place all compostable materials (see list below) 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. 
 

 

What To Compost

  • Food:  Fruit, Vegetables, 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

Where Does the Compost Go?

Action Carting takes the compost collected to McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton, NY. 

 

Want to Learn More About Composting?

EPA Compost Guide

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.