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UMD provides compost bins to collect food and other biodegradable waste.  Food and other biodegradable wastes are actually a resource, because they break down into compost which returns to the soil.  Students, staff and faculty UMD can help save money (landfill tipping fees) and reduce emissions by diverting food/biodegradable waste into the compost bins. 


What can be composted at UMD? 
compost signage

  • Food waste
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds (cold)
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Forks, spoons, and knives from UMD Food Court and UMD Catering
  • Plates from Food Court and UMD Catering (excludes foam plates from Taste of Italia)
  • Coffee cups and lids from Northern Shores, Food Court, and UMD Catering

Fun composting video, courtesy of UMD’s Students In Transition:

Where are campus composting locations at UMD?

  • Outside Northern Shores Coffee House in Kirby Student Center
  • In the Solon Campus Center “Wedge” area
  • In the Kirby Plaza first floor corridor, near ITSS
  • In the Kirby Plaza Bus Hub
  • In the Kirby Student Center Hallway, near Kirby Lounge
  • Two locations in Kirby Student Lounge
  • Two locations on the first floor of Med school (lobby area)
  • Life Sciences Bldg. between classrooms 175 and 185
  • Hallway between med school and Chem 200
  • Chester Park bldg. commons
  • SpHC lobby
  • Ground floor level of Bohn near stairwell
  • Educ bldg in atrium
  • Library entrance
  • Second floor of Humanities (music hallway)
  • Ground Flood of CINA near Tweed Museum
  • LSBE outside room 118

For information on composting opportunities in the Duluth area, visit the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District website to learn about their compost program and Food Waste Recycling sites.

The Top 5 Reasons to Compost at UMD 

5. Compostable plates/silverware/cups are NOT made of petroleum, instead they are made from renewable resources.

4. Manufacturing compostable plates/silverware/cups does not emit dangerous chemicals that polystyrene production produces.

3.  Diverting organic wastes from the landfill reduces tipping fees that UMD pays, AND it reduces methane emissions from landfills (methane is a powerful greenhouse gas)

2.  Composting shows leadership, and supports the UMD Strategic Plan goal/value of Sustainability!

1.   80% of UMD students support the development of a composting program at UMD.  (Student Participation in Sustainability Survey, Beery, T. & Roatch, J., July 2012)