Sustainability at Chico State

The Importance of Composting

compost garden sign
Composting is a great way to divert organic waste from the landfill. When organic matter ends up in the landfill it is unable to break down naturally, instead it generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Organic matter can be anything from yard trimmings to the peels of a carrot or cucumber.

What are the Benefits?

  • Generates a nutrient-rich food source for plantscompost dirt
  • Reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers
  • Promotes higher yields of agriculture crops
  • Aids in reforestation and habitat revitalization by improving contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils
  • Enhances water retention in soils
  • Improves carbon sequestration   

Check out the EPA's Sustainable Food Management Guide for more information about composting and how you can get started!!(opens in new window)

Composting on Campus

The A.S. Compost Garden(opens in new window) is available 24/7 for you to drop off your food waste. You can also swing by the garden during their open hours or attend a free work shop to learn how you can compost in your own back yard! Check their calendar here(opens in new window) to see all their events taking place in the garden.

Here is what the A.S. Compost Garden will and will not accept:

Will Take:
  • Coffee & tea bags
  • Fruits & Veggies
  • Grains/ cereal
  • Eggshells
Will Not Take:
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Paper products
  • Cardboard
  • BioPlastics