The Dirt on Why We Compost

In 2011 the University of Michigan established a goal to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by 40% below the 2006 baseline by 2025.  To help achieve this goal and create a culture of sustainability on campus, leadership has made a strong commitment to expanding food waste composting on campus to target the estimated 1/3 of landfill waste that is compostable.  A commitment to composting is becoming increasingly popular among students, faculty, and staff.  The overall weight of compost collected has increased significantly, from 168 tons in FY 14, to over 700 tons in FY 18.

The Office of Campus Sustainability provides technical, material and financial support for composting at catered events and meetings across campus. OCS is also partnering with departments to bring composting to staff kitchens through technical support and training.

Zero Waste Events

Zero Waste Kitchens

Zero Waste Catering

Compost FAQ

Where you can compost


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Other Composting Initiatives

Composting happens across U-M! Learn about related efforts by other units below: