Compost | St. Lawrence University Green Pages


The University offers on-site organic waste diversion (commonly known as composting). We encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to participate in composting. Below are some commonly asked questions about our organic waste diversion operations.

What is Organic Waste Diversion?

  • Organic Waste Diversion is the practice of diverting organic waste materials (e.g.. yard debris, food scraps, etc.) from the landfill
  • The Organic Stream is then processed, through various methods, into compost
  • Compost provides nutrients to soils

Where does the organic waste go?

  • The organic waste collected on campus is brought to our aerated windrow, non-industrial, composting operation (by the stables)
  • The waste is separated into windrows and mechanically turned
  • Once the decomposition process is complete the organic waste becomes compost and is used at several locations throughout campus
  • Compost is also available, free of charge, for pick-up for use in your gardens

What can I compost?

At St. Lawrence University WE CAN COMPOST the following items:

  • ALL fruits and vegetables
  • All breads
  • Mushrooms
  • Eggshells
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee filters and grounds
  • French fries

We currently CANNOT COMPOST:

  • Meats/Fish
  • Any Dairy Products (including cheese)
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Soups
  • Fats, Oils, Grease
  • Industrial Compostable items (e.g.. cups, single use silverware)


Where can I learn more?