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What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is an interdisciplinary approach that considers environmental responsibilities - emphasizing public policy, social dynamics, economics, and the overall health of people and living organisms - with the goal of meeting present needs while preparing for the needs of the future.

What is Compost?

Compost is nature’s way of recycling biodegradable material such as: leftover food scraps, and plant waste. The process of composting helps to reduce the amount of waste that goes into our landfills by reusing and recycling food waste to create nutrient-rich soil/humus used for our gardens and agriculture.

Picture of items accepted for composting

Items accepted

Food waste & solid paper products
Picture of items not accepted for composting

Items not accepted

Glass, plastic, metal, aluminum foil & styrofoam

Where does the USU's compost go?

Compost waste from the USU is picked up daily by custodial staff and taken to the compost compactor at the USU loading dock, and picked up by the waste hauler, EDCO. The collected material is then brought to the compost facility, Agromin, where it is processed into nutrient rich compost for agricultural end users.

What materials can be composted?

The composting program in the USU is extremely user friendly thanks to our partnership with Agromin. All food waste and other biodegradable materials are accepted into the compost bins. See the ‘What is compost?’ section of this FAQ page for graphic representations. Clean paper is no longer accepted in paper bins and will be placed into landfill bins instead. Our waste hauler, EDCO no longer collects paper in response to China’s Sword Policy.