Northland started composting in 1993 when student volunteers first initiated food waste diversion on campus. We collect campus food waste from our dining facilities and residential halls, and host a community food waste collection site near the Hulings Rice Food Center.
For nearly thirty years, work-study and volunteer students managed campus and community food scrap collection, monitored aerobic composting, and distributed finished compost to campus gardens.
In 2021, our compost program spun off into Big Lake Organics LLC, a Chequamegon Bay region composting service offering residential and commercial food waste collection, aerobic organics composting, and garden-ready compost delivery.
In the past year alone, we’ve turned 170,000 pounds of campus, community, and business food waste and organic material (leaves, wood chips, and cardboard) into 28 tons of valuable soil.