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What is compost?

Compost is organic material -- anything that used to be alive! As it decays, it makes good fertilizer, helping people grow more and healthier crops.

The majority of waste can be composted. Look for compostable alternatives to the products you buy!

Composting is a large part of the waste-management program at UC Merced and plays a key role in helping the campus meet its goal of producing zero net waste by 2020 as part of the Triple Net Zero commitment!

What do we compost at UC Merced?

  • All food, including fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy, meat, poultry, fish, seafood and shells and other food scraps. We send these materials to a commercial compost facility in Modesto.
  • Paper towels
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Pepsi cups from the dining commons

Please: Do not put trash or recyclables in the compost bins! 

Where can we compost?

  • Lantern Cafe: Green section of the big round bins -- look for the compost symbol
  • Dining commons: Tray conveyors
  • Waste Stations in S&E, SSB and SSM
  • 4-bins in COB and KL

How do we compost at UC Merced?

  •  This short video takes you step by step through the composting procedure at UC Merced

What can we compost at home?

  • In the city of Merced, you can only compost green waste through the city. Green waste is generated from yard work (i.e. grass clippings, weeds, etc). You can find a complete list here or visit the city of Merced website. However, home composting kits are available at most home stores. You can use a home composting kit to generate wonderful fertilizer for your own garden!

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