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About Our Food

About our Coffee

The coffee sold at our campus cafes is certified as fairly traded, shade-grown and organic. Fairly traded products guarantee that farmers are paid a fair wage for their product. This certification (also available for teas, chocolates, sugar, and beans,) ensures that certain measures were taken to protect the environment and that the coffee doesn’t come from a genetically modified organism (GMO).

Meanwhile, USDA organic certification proves that no pesticides were used during cultivation of the coffee, which helps to protect farmers and their watersheds and tropical mountain habitats. Growing coffee in the shade also serves to cool off workers, while the canopy above provides a natural habitat for thousands of migratory bird species.


Recycling & Composting

St. Mary’s Single-stream Recycling Guidelines
St. Mary’s College of Maryland utilizes single stream recycling. Most recyclable materials can be thrown into any recycling container. See this link for a full list of what can and can’t be recycled in our single stream system. The College’s 2011 recycling rate was its highest ever at 46%.

Electronics can be recycled at the Glendening Help Desk. Printer and toner cartridges can be recycled at the entrance to the Library.


The composting program at SMCM is up and running – thanks to some dedicated Sustainability Office Staff! White compost buckets are in all residential housing with kitchens (Townhouses, Crescents) or near the dumpsters of several housing groups (Near WC, dorms are in progress). Each week Sustainability Staff and volunteers will be coming around to collect and take that compost to the Campus Community Farm, where it will be tilled and processed. Compost is also being collected from the Great Room on a daily basis by grounds.

Items that can be composted:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea bags
  • Plain bread and cooked pasta
  • Peanut Shells
  • Corn cobs and husks
  • Tofu
  • Drier lint
  • Untreated hair
  • Cereal
  • Nail clippings
  • Wilted flower arrangements
  • Jack O’Lanterns
  • Used matches
  • Leaves and hay
  • Wood chips and twigs

Items that can’t be composted:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Fish
  • Oils
  • Sauces
  • Pet waste (bacteria)
  • Trash and recycling
  • Heavily colored paper
  • Plywood
  • Highly processed foods
  • Biodegradable cups from the Great Room
  • Cardboard

The composting process takes 6-8 months, and all of the compost will be used on the Campus Farm. To volunteer for the composting program, email