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. You can either download and print this version or complete the form online. This form can be filled out during your regular roommate agreement meeting (typically sometime between weeks 3 and 6 of the fall semester) or after you have already conducted your regular roommate agreement.

Step 4:

Pick up your compost starter kit from the Office of Sustainability at 3 Jessup Hall or at the front desk of Burge, Catlett, or Hillcrest. 

Step 5:

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

Step 6:

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:

Pick up a new compostable bag for your compost bucket at the front desk of Burge, Catlett, or Hillcrest.  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, wipe it clean.  Return it to the compost collection table at your designated MicroChill collection event at the end of the school year (or bring it to the Office of Sustainability if you are terminating your participation mid-semester).

Potential Fines:

  • $10 late fee for returning bucket after the end of the school year
  • $10 fee for returning a dirty bucket
  • $10 fee for failing to maintain your compost bucket (your bucket will also be confiscated)
  • $10 fee for failing to return a bucket


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