Composting at Macalester
- Composting keeps waste from entering a landfill or being incinerated.
- Landfill items break down and release methane gas, having a greater green house gas impact on our atmosphere, where composting does not produce methane.
- Macalester’s trash is incinerated to create electricity, which has a smaller carbon footprint. According to a 2014 waste sort, 77% of the college’s trash could be recycled or composted instead of being thrown away.
- The composte Macalester produces is picked up by our waste hauler and brought to the Mulch Store in Empire Township.
Where Can I Compost?
Labeled compost bins should be available in all buildings, located in common areas of nonresidential buildings, kitchen spaces in dorms, and bathrooms with paper towel dispensers.
What is Compostable?
- All food scraps
- Napkins, paper towels, tissues
- Paper plates, cups and food containers
- Paper bags and waxed paper (fast food wraps, etc.)
- Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
- Pizza boxes
- Compostable silverware and cups with the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo
What is Not Compostable?
Plastics #1-#7 (not bearing the BPI logo), styrofoam, foil, condiment packets, chip bags and candy wrappers (Please note: depending on the product, BPI plastic also bears the #7 recyclable symbol).
- Bon Appétit catering is committed to using compostables. Whether buying something at one of their retail locations on campus or catering with them, all of their products are compostable.
- In 2015, Macalester College Student Government committed to only purchasing compostable wares with their funds.
How to Order Compostable Dishes?
- Request dish ware using the Compostable Wares Order Form for any size even
- On-campus departments orders will be delivered within 24 hours, while Student Organizations will pick up their ordered items from Document Services after you receive your confirmation email (Please note: Leaders must write “student org” when prompted for a FOAPAL to receive dish ware paid for by MCSG).
Composting Saves Money
- Material sent to a landfill or incinerator is subject to a 70% tax – 17% is a state tax while 53% is assessed by Ramsey County.
- Compostable material sent to a commercial compost site is not taxed by Minnesota or Ramsey County, which creates a financial incentive for its residents and businesses to do the right thing.
- The Sustainability Office has found that the compostable wares that Macalester buys are significantly less expensive – per piece – than any other retailer.
- For further information contact the Sustainability Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.