Click on a location for details.
In Dining Services Kitchens
In all University Dining Services locations, the kitchen staff are separating food scraps during preparation and cooking. This is known as prep waste or "pre-consumer" waste and it comprises the largest percentage, by weight, of all the material we send to Green Mountain Compost facility.
In "Resident" Dining Halls
In resident dining halls, students
are asked to scrape their leftovers (known as "post-consumer" waste)
designated barrels. During a recent renovation of Cook Commons
architect-designed collection area
to see it. In the new Redstone Dining (shown at left),
asked to scrape
off their plates in a similar setup. At the Harris-Millis Dining Hall,
students put their plates on a conveyor belt which goes into the
staff separate the leftovers for them.
In "Retail" Dining Areas
Collecting food waste in retail or "take out" style
dining areas is a bit more challenging. Compostable packaging is used
to make this collection task easier but not every type of packaging can
be composted. Packaging we DO compost includes: paper
take-out boxes, paper coffee cups and drink cups, paper plates and
napkins, and PLA-plastic cups. However, items like condiment
packets, candy wrappers, chip bags and plastic utensils are
contaminants and cannot be composted.
In Residence Halls
Many students want an opportunity to compost the food waste from their rooms and student kitchens in residence halls. Students can use a small container (e.g. a 32-oz yogurt tub) or small pail for this purpose. Students must bring their own food waste to one of the existing collection sites on campus at the dining halls; the Custodial Services staff do not pickup food waste for composting.
In most halls, the designated Eco-Rep will set up several pails in common areas and kitchens. Eco-Reps are responsible for emptying and cleaning these pails on a regular basis. If you would like a small compost tub for your residence hall room contact your Eco-Rep.
Some staff members have asked about composting in their workplace. UVM Departments can voluntarily set up a small pail or bucket in their workplace, and arrange for emptying and cleaning out their own bucket on a regular basis. (The Custodial Services staff do not pickup food waste for composting.) Some offices are participating in a new pilot program using bicycle collection service.
At Special Events
Compost and recycle collection also takes place at high profile outdoor events on campus. This requires advance planning and typically the event host or organizer provides volunteers to staff the trash stations to help attendees sort their items properly.
At Loading Docks
Designated 2-wheel carts are located at the loading dock area of most dining halls. These are the same carts used by Dining Services staff, so please be respectful and help keep areas clean. These carts are lined with a certified compostable bio-bag liner before any food waste can be dumped in. (Bags are supplied by UVM Recycling.) These carts are emptied 5 days per week (Monday - Friday only) by a contracted vendor.