Compost in Residence Halls

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Busch Systems Kitchen Composter2The Office of Sustainability and University Housing & Dining are excited to offer students an opportunity to compost more easily on campus. Students living in UI residence halls can now collect compost right in their own room. 

In order to participate in this program, students must follow the steps below. To ensure this program is successful, only students who are committed to the responsibilities that come with in-room compost collection are encouraged to participate. If not done properly, composting can become a nuisance to roommates and floormates, and could compromise the program for all other participants.

Step 1:

Determine which residence hall compost drop-off site is nearest you and decide if you are willing to take your compost bucket to the drop-off site at least once-per-week.

Step 2:

If you choose to proceed with composting, complete the Residence Hall Compost Enrollment Form.

Step 3:

Complete a Compost Program Roommate Agreement with your roommates and RA.

Step 4:

Pick up your compost starter kit from the Office of Sustainability and the Environment.  We are located in 3 Jessup Hall and are open during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-4pm).  If you need to schedule a pickup outside of these days/hours, contact us at

Step 5:

You place compostable materials in your bucket.  To minimize odors and pests, consider keeping your bucket in the refrigerator.

Step 6:

You empty your bucket at least once-per-week at one of the residence hall compost drop-off sites. Wipe your bucket clean as needed to prevent odors and pests.

Step 7:

You will be able to pick up a new compostable bag for your compost bucket at the front desk of Burge, Catlett, or Hillcrest each time you empty your bin.  Please only use the bags provided at the front desk.

Step 8:

Repeat Steps 5 through 7.  If you run into issues, consult our FAQ page for answers.

Step 9:

Return your compost bin at the end of the school year, or upon your decision to terminate your participation in the program.  Before returning your bin, empty all contents and wipe it clean.  Return it to the Office of Sustainability in 3 Jessup Hall.


Compost Drop Off Sites

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