Compost is organic matter that can be used to fertilize soil. At St. Mary’s College of Maryland, our composting program includes a variety of food scraps and waste that would otherwise be thrown in the trash.
White compost buckets are located in the community kitchens of Lewis Quad, Waring Commons, and traditional dormitories. Furthermore, each townhouse unit on the Greens and Crescents has its own composting bin.
Each week, sustainability staff and volunteers collect the compost and take it to the Campus Farm, where it is tilled and processed. The composting process takes 6-8 months, and all of the compost is used as nutrient-rich soil for the farm.
New this semester: compost is now being collected from the Great Room! Be sure to sort your food properly to prevent contamination. For easy reference, download our Quick Guide to Composting!
At this time, we are unable to accept meat, dairy, and fish because our compost dump area is open to the elements and these animal bioproducts attract various pests to the farm. Oil and sauce create a water-resistant layer around the composted material slowing its breakdown substantially.
Here’s the Process!
Information provided by Anna Sawyer, A Farm Fellow
BE A VOLUNTEER!
We are constantly looking for volunteers to help us with weekly collection. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org