Participating in the Personal Composting Program is simple:
The personal composting program is part of the overall goal to reduce the amount of waste that Luther is putting into the landfills, and to eliminate putting compost into landfills, because it turns into methane gas. It came about as a way to get more people involved with composting, since there was no way for faculty and staff to compost , and there were not enough worm-bins for every residence hall. Although the decomposition process is faster using worms, the worm bins were underutilized, are more work to take care of, and the items they can compost is more limited than regular compost.
This program makes composting easier, cleaner and more personal. Students are more likely to compost their waste if they have their own container sitting in their room, rather than having to take their waste to a worm bin somewhere in their residence hall, and the containers have air-tight lids, eliminating the odor and fruit fly problems associated with the worm bins. Plus there are no special restrictions or worries about putting in too much of a certain compostable item, such as citrus, like there are with vermicomposting. For this program, if it’s compostable, it can go in the container. The plastic containers for this program come from the cafeteria where they regularly recycle their half-gallon yogurt, cottage cheese, and sour cream containers. This program adds one more use to their life spans.
Check out the composting page (https://www.luther.edu/sustainability/waste-recycling/composting/) to see what is compostable.
Read the Chips article about the personal composting program here: http://lutherchips.com/2011/11/30/new-personal-compost-system-makes-cutting-waste-easy.html