University of Vermont

Recycling & Waste Management

office composting at UVM

Office Collection Program

October 2016 UPDATE

The UVM Recycling program has faced several challenges this past year with the Office Compost collection program. After the departure of the contracted bicycle service provider last spring, we attempted to continue the program in a makeshift way utilizing temporary student labor and vehicles from Physical Plant's administrative fleet. This proved to not be a sustainable or efficient way to provide the collection service for organics and food scraps from academic and administrative buildings. Currently, we lack the necessary staffing and appropriate equipment to provide this service in a reliable, high-quality manner. At this time, our limited capacity is best utilized in focusing food waste collection efforts in the UVM dining halls and residence halls where we capture 10 tons per week of organics which are diverted to the Green Mountain Compost facility in Williston. After careful consideration we have decided to discontinue the Office Compost program at this time.

We know many of you are passionate about composting in your office and keeping food waste out of the landfill. We encourage UVM offices to continue composting through their own voluntary efforts. Staff and faculty may bring food waste from their offices to one of the existing UVM Dining compost collection spots. UVM Recycling will still provide the small, brown compost bags if requested and we will send these via campus mail.

Thank you for your composting efforts these past several years!

Last modified October 06 2016 05:17 PM