Grounds composting

Our grounds staff composts the leaves from our lovely campus trees so that we do not have to pay for leaf removal.  The result: a much richer soil for our grass, plants and trees to grow in.  Some leaves are cut up and mulched back into the grass as they are mowed.  Some are removed to the forested area behind our playing fields or are used on our organic farm.

Food Composting

Ursinus College started composting food scraps from the Wismer Dining Hall in the Fall of 2009. The Ursinus Environmental Studies faculty and students have collaborated with Andy Feick Director of Facilities Services, Ron Wood General Manager of Dining Services, and a local composting site to create a compost program that helps reduce campus waste, support local sustainable business and transform a raw material such as food waste into a renewable resource, compost.  Our food waste is ground up, drained of water, and then sent to a compost facility near Pottstown - ArbOrganic Acres. Composting took years to get up and running on campus, and finally after all the hard work that students, faculty and staff put into making this program successful here at Ursinus, we have taken another step towards building a more sustainable community.

What do we compost at the Dining Hall?

All food preparation scraps
All leftover food waste - (including meat and dairy)
Paper napkins and paper food boats

Have food scraps you would like to compost?
Contact Ron Wood at Dining Services - and ask if you can drop it off, he is always more than happy to talk about composting. Make sure those food scraps do not have any contamination in them (i.e. chip bags, trash, and other non food items).



Sustainability on Campus: Programs & Places

Climate Commitment & Plan



Green Building

Green Labs

Green Roof

Greenhouse Gas Inventory



Naturalized Stormwater Basin





Sustainability Program Coordinator
Brandon Hoover

Director of Dining Services
Ron Wood

Compost at home!

Would you like a compost bin for your house or dorm on campus?  Become a UCompost Representative at your residence and join the initiative to help reduce waste on campus!  For details and questions please contact the OS Staff: