Composting in Residence Halls
Project Timeline: 2014-Present
- UNC has composted 16 million pounds of food scraps and other waste since 2000
- Since 2014, residential composting has diverted 2.26 tons (4,520 pounds) of organic waste from landfills
Project Description and Approach
Since 2014, the partnership between the UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) and Carolina Housing has made it easier for students to compost from their residence halls.
Students can check out a compost bin from the front desk of their residence hall that is theirs to keep and periodically empty their compostable materials into green or black bins, labeled compostable found outside of their hall. The bins are emptied once per week by an OWRR intern. From there, the compost is combined with dining hall food waste and sent to Brooks Contractors to be composted.
From 2016 to 2017, students composted 1380 pounds of food scraps and other waste in residence halls.