Composting

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SUNY Cobleskill has used composting for years as a way to deal naturally with the manure and plant debris collected on the campus farm. Many faculty experiment with composting focusing on the economics of composting (you can sell compost and make money), the microbiology of composting and the ability of compost to generate energy-heat. 

Prentice Dining Hall has implemented a compost and recycling program and it has be steadily catching on and improving greatly. Here are some of the most recent outcomes:

Prentice Post-Consumer Composting

Average % Compost: 94

Average % Trash: 5

Total Combined Weights pulled from waste stream 9/29-10/14/16: 456 lbs




Along with Prentice Dining Hall, Champion Dining Hall has also implemented a composting program, which is also catching on and improving greatly. Most of the SUNY Cobleskill resident halls have also been implementing recycling and composting programs that have been improving. See links below for more information.

 

In 2015, members of the SEEDS Club banded together to set up a sustainable composting system on campus called "Feed the Worms". This student-led initiative wields their peers as the catalyst to conquer food waste and help close the energy loop on campus. The SEEDS Club collects composting waste from residence halls, dining halls and will even pick up from faculty & staff. This waste is then taken to the CEST building where the vermicomposting process can begin. Vermicomposting utilizes the ecology and biology of worms to help decompose organic materials like food wastes and various paper products. Vermicomposting is a sustainable and environmentally-conscious way to recycle valuable nutrients and energy that would otherwise be wasted in a landfill. 

 

Learn more about Vermicomposting >

 

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Learn more about residence hall composting >

 

 
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