Student volunteers initiated the campus composting program in 1993. Today, our compost program is still lead by work-study students who manage every aspect, including daily food scrap collection, monitoring the biological process, and final distribution. In the past five years this initiative has kept 140,000 pounds of food waste out of the landfill, and made usable compost for our gardens.
Northland College is expanding the use of compost in our community by developing an efficient one-stop, centrally located composting facility to serve its citizens. Housed in the Hulings Rice Food Center, this large, state-of-the-art composter has the capacity to process 64,000 gallons of food waste per year. This results in 1.1 tons of organic waste product processed per day (one-third of this being food waste and two-thirds bulking agent). On a more relatable scale, there are roughly 3 pounds of quality finished compost generated per gallon of food waste produced.