The U of L Caretaking department composts food waste from the Level 4 kitchen area, the Students’ Union food court vendors as well as The Zoo pub. In addition, coffee grounds from Tim Horton’s, Starbucks and Coffee Company are also collected. New compost units are located in Markin Hall, the SU food court, Mr. Sub, and level 6 U-hall outside the Urban Market, and at every recycling sort station on campus.

* NEW * Fall of 2015 the recycling of plastic and metal was added to the recycling stream. Summer 2017 clean Styrofoam was added to the reycling stream. Summer 2018 writing items were added to the recycling stream

The Caretaking department composts approximately 3000 gallons of material per month not including the paper towels from the washrooms on campus. Composting stations are located in every area on campus since Fall 2015. We now also compost the paper towels from all washrooms right on campus.

University caretaking staff transports the material to a compost pile on the south end of campus. The Grounds department stirs these and mixes them with soil and then uses the finished product for various projects.

Materials are composted on campus for the Grounds department to use for various landscaping projects.


What can go in the Compost? What cannot go in the Compost?
  • Uncooked fruit and vegetable waste
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags
  • tissue paper
  • napkins
  • paper towel
  • compostable food containers
  • Cooked food
  • Bones
  • Oil, grease, fats
  • Meat or Fish
  • Sauces, salad dressings
  • Dairy products
  • non-compostable food containers or utensils