Since 2016, UMBC has had an organic waste diversion program and composted 397 tons of organic materials that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. Composting organic waste is good
On campus our organic waste is taken to an industrial composting facility; thus, we are able to accept all food products for composting. Additionally, UMBC’s organic waste hauler accepts napkins, compostable flatware, and dishware.
COMING SOON: During the Fall 2021 we are launching the Green Retrievers Program. Residential student will have the opportunity to participate in residential composting pilot. Follow Sustainability Matters on myUMBC for updates!
- True Grits Dining Hall (all food waste is composted from the kitchen and used dishes)
- The Commons (labeled green slots in waste bins)
- The compost bin at the community garden (food waste only)
What to Compost
When collecting organic waste to be composted it is incredibly important to be careful and not contaminate compost. A few wrong items can cause a whole dumpster of organic waste to be throw out and be landfilled.
Below are items that should go in the green bin, if you are unsure if an item is compostable place it in the trash instead:
*Not all to-go containers at UMBC are compostable