COMPOSTING

Wesleyan composts food scraps from Usdan Dining Hall, Summerfields Dining Hall, and many campus residences. Several pilot campus offices also compost. Composting Interns and Physical Plant staff transport pre-consumer food waste (from food preparation) to Long Lane Farm, where it is processed in two Earth Tubs. Finished compost is used as a soil amendment at Long Lane Farm. Post-consumer food scraps (plate scrapings) are sent to Harvest in Ellington, CT.

  • Where do I compost?
    • There are 14 black or green composting bins located on campus that are open to use by all students and employees (see static map).  DeNeile Cooper '15 has also created an interactive composting map with more information (requires Wesleyan login).

        • Hi/Lo-Rise Apartments (outside of Hi Rise Laundry Room)
        • The Bayit (157 Church St., between the Bayit and WesWings)
        • 200 Church St. (near the parking lot)
        • The Butterfields (against the wall of Butterfields A)
        • Brainard Ave. and Home Ave. (53 Home backyard)
        • Exley (loading dock along Pine St. opposite the dumpsters)
        • Warren St. and Fountain Ave. (backyard)
        • Vine St. and Knowles Ave. (side yard)WestCo (on the courtyard near WestCo/Foss 1)
        • Hewitt (outside Lounge on the side of Hewitt facing Vine St.)
        • Farm House (344 Washington St. backyard)
        • Full/Writing House (202 Washington St. side yard)
        • Court Street Apartments (272-278 Court St. back right corner of parking lot)

      Dorm Locations

        • 200 Church, Bennet, Butterfields A and C, Clark, Nics, and WestCo
        • Ask your Eco Facilitator for more location details

      Usdan Marketplace (dish room)

      Summerfields (dish room)

      Offices and student residences that have opted into the program

      For questions about composting, email the Composting Interns.

  • What can I compost in the black bins, dorms, residences, and offices?
    • Compostable:

      • fruits and vegetables (raw or cooked)
      • tea bags
      • coffee grounds and filters
      • bread, cereal, rice, pasta, and other grains
      • eggs and eggshells
      • unbleached paper towels and napkins

      Not compostable: 

      • "compostable" plates, cups, and cutlery
      • meat and fat
      • dairy
      • oils
      • liquids
      • recyclable materials (glass, metal, plastic)
      • bleached and/or inked paper products
      • cleaning products/chemcals
  • What can I compost in Usdan and Summerfields?
    • Compostable:

      • compostable dinnerware
      • meat
      • dairy
      • fruits and vegetables (raw or cooked)
      • tea bags
      • coffee grounds and filters
      • bread, cereal, rice, pasta, and other grains
      • eggs and eggshells
      • unbleached paper towels and napkins
  • Where does the compost end up?
    • Composting Interns and Physical Plant staff transport food waste from residential composting and Usdan food preparation (both are called “pre-consumer”) to Long Lane Farm, where it is processed in two Earth Tubs.  Finished compost is used as a soil amendment at Long Lane Farm.  

      Plate scrapings from Usdan and Summerfields (called “post-consumer”) are sent to Harvest in Ellington, CT, where the food scraps are mixed with wood chips and made into finished compost.

  • How do I get a compost bucket?
    • To request a bucket for an office or residence, email the Composting Interns. Please be advised that the bucket supply changes with the season and new buckets are not always available immediately.

      Compost participants receive a 5 gallon bucket and instructions for collection and are responsible for emptying the bucket into the nearest black composting bin.