Composting

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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 800,000 pounds of materials from the landfill each year.

Current composting efforts on campus include:

The Office of Sustainability and University Housing & Dining are excited to offer students an opportunity to compost more easily on campus. ...

Faculty and staff can compost in their offices or breakrooms with Iowa City's local compost vendors. Learn how with this step-by-step process!...

Consider composting at your event and help us divert waste from the landfill! Follow these simple steps to make your event low-waste.

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Anyone can compost with Iowa City's local compost vendors. Learn how with this step-by-step process!

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First, check with others who...

Below you will find a list of items that can and can not be composted on campus.  If you have questions about whether a particular item can be...

  What is compost?

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