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Why should I compost?

Composting is a great way to divert organic materials from the landfill and replenish soil nutrients for healthy, productive gardens. Here at Luther College, we are committed to serving as stewards of the land and collecting and processing compost helps us accomplish this mission.

Each day, roughly 500 pounds of compost is collected from the Union dining halls, academic buildings, and residential halls and brought to the Luther College Farm. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to deposit their compostable materials into the proper receptacles found across campus.

Where can I compost?

Residence Halls: Composting bins are generally located in the kitchen of each residence hall, except College Apartments and Baker, which can be found next to bulk recycling receptacles outside at each site. For residence halls with multiple kitchens, composting is located in the ground floor kitchen.

Academic/Administrative Buildings: Composting is located in 4-compartment waste/recycling/composting bins which are found across campus. 

Dining Services: Food waste composting at Luther occurs at three dining locations: the cafeteria, Marty's, and Oneota Market. In January of 2017 the installation of a pulper in the cafeteria dish room replaces the previous garbage disposal in the dish room and works to capture and process all food waste from consumer plates as well as food preparation.

Where can I obtain a personal composting container?

Go to the Sustainability/Environmental Studies Office Suite (Valders 372) to pick up a yogurt containers that be used as a personal composting bin for offices and dorm rooms alike.

Please read the following list to see what Luther can and cannot compost.

What should I compost?

  • All fruits and vegetables
  • Grains such as bread, rice, pasta, and cereal
  • Meat scraps
  • Eggs, cheese and other dairy products
  • Tea bags, coffee grounds and filters
  • Any other food scraps
  • Paper napkins, brown paper towels

What should I not compost?

  • White to-go containers
  • Coffee cups
  • "Compostable" containers
  • Wax paper, plastic silverware
  • Chewing gum

NOTE: To-go containers, plates, and coffee cups that say "Compostable" on them are not compatible with current composting operations at Luther.

Special event composting is available by request. Please schedule in advance of your event by emailing [email protected].