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Compost for FlowersDartmouth composts about 263 tons of food waste each year. Composting sites are mainly in the dining areas, including Courtyard Café, Thayer Dining Hall, and the Hanover Inn. There are also composting sites in McKenzie Hall, Gilman Biological Sciences Building, and in the Mid Mass residence hall kitchen. As Dartmouth improves its recycling and composting rate, it diverts more trash from the landfill.

Food waste is collected by Dartmouth Dining Services and FO&M custodians, and the Dartmouth Recycles crew transports it to Dartmouth's composting facility nearby. There, food waste is mixed with used horse bedding, manure, and yard waste also generated at Dartmouth. The items are then allowed to decompose for about 60 days to make the compost that is used solely on Dartmouth grounds. Dartmouth does not have a license to sell the compost, nor can the Dartmouth facility accept items from other sources.

If you want to establish a compost pickup in your building, contact Dartmouth Recycles at 646-2050 or email



Last Updated: 7/24/18