Compost Collection is Back in AUD

The Compost buckets are back! Just in time for #CampusSustainabilityMonth. All-volunteer student-run Compost Collection Project is  sponsored by the Roosevelt Urban Sustainability Lab, the RU Green Student Organization and this fall’s SUST 240 Waste class that is now in full swing in the historic AUD Building.

Handy collection bins are located at the Michigan Ave. elevators (SE corner of the building) on AUD 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9; and an additional bin on the Wabash Ave. side of AUD 7 (Theatre Dept green room territory, naturally).

If you are unaware of what can or cannot be put into the compost bins, fear not: there are signs posted above each bin with detailed friendly information. At the end of each day, between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., a dedicated team of student & faculty volunteers will make sure the compost is collected. It is weighed and then brought down to the Wabash Dining Center where the organic waste is placed into a SOMAT waste disposal system. We weigh each bin every day to calculate how much food waste is diverted from the landfill stream, because we’re serious data nerds and proud of it.

We thank you for your participation and support of our efforts to reduce food waste through the daily joy of composting!

If you have any questions or suggestions about the project, or would be willing to volunteer to perform a compost pickup, please contact SUST professor Mike Bryson, or RU Green president Michelle Giles, This is a project of the Roosevelt Urban Sustainability Lab, est. 2015.

Mike Bryson, professor of Sustainability Studies

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