Composting is a process that turns organic waste (usually food scraps) into nutrient-rich soil.
A Cross-Campus Effort
Campus Dining collects the food scraps that FSA Volunteers load into the composter and track the progress. After 3 weeks, campus operations and maintenance unloads the compost to be cured and distributed in the landscaping and flower beds throughout campus.
What to Compost
- coffee grounds
- coffee filters
- tea bags
- fruit and vegetable waste
- egg shells
Reduces Carbon Footprint
- Stony Brook uses an aerobic composter. Less waste gets carted by diesel trucks to landfills and less methane gas is released into the atmosphere.
Recycles Local Waste
- In order to create compost, we need nitrogen, carbon, air, and time. Food waste creates nitrogen. Our carbon element is locally sourced sawdust, the waste product of a cabinet manufacturer, which binds the matter into a product good for the environment.
- Total waste collected to date: 235,000 pounds
- Total compost output: 100,000 pounds