Where do the materials in the compost bin go?
They are first collected and weighed in the Bloomberg School building and then transferred to a large compost container at the School of Medicine. Once the bin is full it is transported to the Peninsula Compost Group in Wilmington, Delaware.
Why does it go all the way to Delaware? Aren't there options in Maryland?
No; there used to be one option in Maryland to compost kitchen waste, but the site was shut down by the Maryland Department of Environment for not meeting regulations. Currently, almost all of the facilities in Maryland and DC send their compostable waste to the Peninsula Compost Group.
What is compost?
Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Food waste represents the second largest waste stream in the US so it is a critical process for reducing the release of methane a potent greenhouse gas.
What happens to the compost that is created?
It is sold by the Peninsula Compost Group. The University also receives a portion of the finished compost to use on our grounds and in our indoor plants.
What can be composted?
- All food scraps
- Soiled paper products (like used paper plates and pizza boxes)
- Used paper towels
- Coated (waxed) paper coffee cups
- Anything organic
What cannot be recycled or composted?
- Plastic knives, forks and spoons
- Plastic lunch bags (Ziploc baggies)
- Plastic overnight mail envelopes
- Plastics not rated 1–7
- Metal that is not a metal can
- Waxed cardboard
- Carbon paper