Composting

Composting is provided at the base of each tower and in the basement of the Gage Apartments.

What can I compost?

The following types of waste can be included in the Organics Collection Program’s green bins on campus:

YES NO
  • cooked food waste
  • meat and bones
  • dairy products
  • grains, bread, pasta
  • paper towels and napkins
  • paper cups and plates
  • raw fruit and vegetable scraps
  • coffee grounds and filters
  • tea bags
  • egg shells
  • juice boxes
  • milk cartons
  • plastic bags
  • plastic cutlery
  • styrofoam
  • glass
  • wooden chopsticks
  • wood
  • sand
  • metal
  • biosolids

Top 3 Composting Myths Busted:

  1. Yes, you can compost meat, bones, dairy and cooked food here at UBC. Our In-Vessel composter can break down a lot more than a traditional backyard composter that you may have at home.
  2. Chopsticks and cutlery are NOT compostable, but some takeout containers are – check!
  3. If you take out your compost bin and clean it frequently, you won’t have to worry about smells or fruit flies forming.

For answers to all your waste-sorting and recycling or composting questions, check out the UBC Recyclopedia: http://bit.ly/oIDu4L

Where and when should I take it out?

Work out a schedule with your roommates for emptying and cleaning your compost bin. It is a good idea to take it out twice as often as you take out the trash, or when it is full: whichever comes first.

When it’s your turn to take out the compost, empty your bin into the big green containers labelled “organics” in *insert residence-specific area here from list below*:

Is the bin mine to keep?

No! The compost bin is part of your room inventory. If it is damaged or missing at the end of the year, you and your roommates will be assessed for the cost of the bin. Please keep it clean for future residents to use.

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