Composting

Garden Composting Program

Students are welcome to participate in the University’s small-scale composting program, located in Pete’s Giving Garden. The program encourages students to divert their personal food scraps from the waste cycle within their residence halls and apartments. The food scraps are managed by Sustainability Management, turned into compost, and utilized in the campus garden.

Participation in the program is easy. First, email to enroll yourself in the program. Sustainability Management can provide a small collection bin for you to hold your food scraps in, or you may use your own container. Once your collection bin is full, please empty your food scraps into the labeled bin outside of Sustainability Management during normal business hours (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Items accepted in the South Campus Composting Program are:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • pumpkins
  • stale bread, cooked pasta, rice, chips, oatmeal
  • coffee grounds and filters
  • popped popcorn, not in the bag
  • eggshells
  • cardboard egg cartons
  • paper towels and napkins
  • newspaper
  • teabags
  • paper and broken down cardboard boxes

Please do not include any meat, dairy products, oils, and compostable to-go containers, as this system will not reach the required temperature to break down these materials.

Those interested in helping to maintain the Garden Composting Program for volunteer hours can reach out to .

Dining Centers Composting

Syracuse University Food Services (SUFS) collects pre-and post-consumer organic waste and diverts it from the general waste stream, sending it to Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency’s (OCRRA’s) compost facility. The organic material comes from SUFS’s five dining centers, cash operations, catering facility, and production kitchen. Through composting, the University diverts approximately 600 tons of organic material each year. The organic material is delivered to OCRRA’s composting facility where it is made into material useful for improving the soil.

An on-site office composting program is currently operating at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Want to learn how to start your own office composting program? Check out “A Guide to Office Composting” (pdf, 1.3MB), presented by the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University.

To learn more about composting in Onondaga County, please visit OCRRA’s Food Waste Composting site.