Personal Composting Program

Participating in the Personal Composting Program is simple:

  1. Pick up a half-gallon plastic container in Marty’s for free (located in the cubbyholes on your left when you go in). If it's your first time using the program, fill out the sign-up sheet.
  2. Take your container back to your dorm room or office and fill it with your compostable waste.
  3. When it’s full, take it with you next time you go to the Union and take it to the Union Dock (north side of the Union). Empty your compost into the “compost” bin and place your dirty container in the “empty containers” bin so it can be recycled. 
  4. Pick up a new, clean container from Marty’s and start again!

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 ( to see what is compostable.

Read the Chips article about the personal composting program here: