How to Compost in your Office
This tool provides information for offices pursuing the Sustainable Office Certification and offices that want to make a commitment to social justice, human health, local economy and ecological sustainability. This tool also provides information for anyone hoping to compost at home.
Separating food scraps, food-soiled paper and compostable plastics:
- Reduces landfill waste, greenhouse gases, and the impact on communities near landfills
- Converts would-be waste into a useful product
- Cheaper to dispose of than landfill waste
- Promotes equality, promotes human health, and its environmentally friendly
An estimated 30% of WWU waste is compostable, yet it ends up mixed in with waste that is sent to the landfill in Klickitat county 367 miles away. Landfills are the world’s 3rd largest producer of greenhouse gasses. They are also a burden on low income communities around the world. According to the EPA, all landfills will eventually leak toxic garbage juices. Composting organic material instead of landfilling turns a wasted resource back into an economic resource. By keeping nutrient dense soil right here in Whatcom County, we can nourish farms that will grow food for generations to come.
Where Do I Take the Compost?
Office compost can be emptied in 4-part sorting stations in AIC and Arntzen. The map below shows where other offices can take their compost.
What Goes in FoodPlus Compost at Work And at Home?
If it grows, it goes:
- All food scraps
- Soiled paper (dirty napkins and plates)
- Wax lined paper (campus coffee cups)
- Compostable plastic (PLA #7)
- At Western, that includes: Plastic utensils, coffee cup lids, cups and lids for cold drinks, green straws, Avenue Bread Containers
What Container Can Our Office Use?
The Office of Sustainability supplies a compost bin and a starter set of bags, but any container will do. More compost bags can be purchased with your dept p-card at grocery stores.
What Container Can I Use For FoodPlus at Home?
Any bin or bucket will do, although using one with a lid will minimize smells and fruit flies.
Looking For More Information About Composting For Your Garden?
For more information, check out this website.