compostOrganic materials account for about 27% of the total waste in Georgia landfills and food residuals make up 44% of those organics. 

Emory Recycles has partnered with Southern Green Industries to continue it's mission to establish a comprehensive composting program for Emory's campus. The following departments participate in Emory Recycles Composting program: Emory FM Grounds Department, Greek Life, The Rollins School of Public Health, and the Division of Animal Resources.

The following facilities have composting available: Dobbs University Center Student Dining and Cox Hall Dining.

Compost collections are available for special events involving food waste.. Make your next event zero-waste - contact Deena Keeler, 727-9275 or Claire Wall, 712-8921 for more information.

Campus Composting program totals for 2013

Food Waste, Wood Waste and Animal Bedding = 656 tons diverted


What CAN be composted?

*meat, poultry, fish *shellfish and bones *eggs and dairy products *table scraps and scrapings *fruits and vegetables *bread, dough, pasta and grains *coffee grounds, filters & tea bags

*paper towels, napkins and plates *paper take-out containers *pizza boxes *paper cups *waxed cardboard and paper

*products made from bagasse (sugarcane fibers) *PLA products (corn based)

What CANNOT be Composted?

*plastic *glass *plastic lids, straws, and creamer containers *cardboard items lined with plastic *metal *produce baskets or netting *plastic wrap *plastic take-out containers *plastic plates, cups & utensils *latex and plastic gloves *Styrofoam *foil *rubber bands *garbage and hazardous waste