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Turning Waste Into Black Gold

The University of Iowa began composting in 2007, thanks to a group of undergraduate engineering students, the City of Iowa City, University Housing & Dining, Facilities Management, and many other partners.  Since then, organics collection has expanded across campus and now diverts over 600,000 pounds of materials from the landfill each year.

Current composting efforts on campus include:

  • Pre- and post-consumer food waste collection in the University Dining Market Places at Burge, Hillcrest, and Catlett.  Learn how food pulpers make composting possible in the Market Places.
  • Pre- and post-consumer food waste collection at the Iowa Memorial Union.
  • Pre- and post-consumer food waste collection in the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics dining facilities.
  • Individual departments have begun utilizing the Compost Ninja for compost collection within departmental breakrooms and/or kitchenettes.
  • Many events on campus, large and small, incorporate compost collection into their event.
  • Campus drop-off sites will soon be available to the campus community.  Stay tuned for details.

Additional Items Below YES, COMPOST THESE ITEMS NO, DO NOT COMPOST THESE ITEMS Leftover food and plate scrapings Waxed or coated paper...

Composting options vary depending on the type of service need.  Stay tuned for details on:

How to compost at events How to compost in...

Q: What is compost?

A:  Compost is decayed organic material that is used as a soil amendment to improve plant growth.  Compost-ing is the...

Compost Drop Off Sites University Housing & Dining receives compost collection service from a local waste hauler to collect food waste...