Composting is the process of transforming organic materials such as food waste into a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer. Composting has many benefits, including enriched soils, reduced contributions to landfills, and decreased release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. As such, composting is an essential part of Brown’s commitment to sustainability. The campus’s compost is collected by The Compost Plant and delivered to Earth Care Farm where it is processed via aerobic process.  In FY 2017, Brown implemented compost collection in all dining hall food prep locations and in the Andrews, Sharpe Refectory, and Verney-Woolley front dining areas which resulted in a total diversion of 470 tons of organic material from the landfill. 

What is composting?

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Please watch this short video for more information about our composting program:

Where can I compost?

In September of 2016, the Office of Energy and Environment collaborated with Dining Services to bring compost to the following dining locations:

  • Sharpe Refectory
  • The Blue Room
  • Andrews Dining
  • Ivy Room
  • Verney Woolley (Back of house only)
  • Josiah’s (Back of house only)

Additionally, As part of the Brown Sustainability Partnerships there is kitchenette office composting at:

  • School of Professional Studies
  • Facilities Management

What can be composted?

As an industrial facility, Earth Care Farms can process many items that you typically cannot compost in a backyard compost bin.  “If It Grows it Goes” - anything that is carbon-based / once alive can go into the compost bin.  All food and edible liquids, coffee grounds, bones, shells, oils, meats, fish, soups, UNTREATED paper products can go in the compost bins.

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What about the compost at the UEL and the SCRAP compost Program?

The E&E Office and SCRAP have worked together in developing the campus compost program while also ensuring the student dorm and garden program remain effective and robust. SCRAP provides compost bins to Brown community members which allows even greater waste diversion from our landfill.  Community members can then bring their food waste to the student garden, the UEL compost pile, or West House.  If you want more information or a bin, contact SCRAP at