Composting on Campus

Each year the average North American throws away 1,200 pounds of organic material which could composted. The burden this places on our waste system. Not only do we pay more for transporting waste, but valuable nutrients are lost. We compost so to use those nutrients effectively.

Compost bins are available in the cafes in C, R, and L buildings. Also, a large compost bin located behind the C building, near the greenhouse.

Compostable Items:

  • Food scraps, including dairy, meant and bones
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Coffee filters
  • Cardboard
  • Compostable bags
  • Other organic materials

Non-compostable (do NOT compost):

  • Plastic bags or bottles
  • Fruit stickers
  • Wax or plastic lined paper cups
  • Cork
  • Glossy paper materials, Biosolids, animal manure, sewage
  • Rocks

Clubs – Enter to Win $100!

We offer an exciting new opportunity for Bellevue College clubs. Compost food at your next event and your club can win $100!


  • Check out at a Compost Bin from (room) and take it to your event. Write your name, contact information, and the date and time you checked out the compost bin.
  • Make sure you use the compost bags provided!
  • Compost the items allowable items, listed above.
  • Dispose of compost in big bin behind C Building –near the greenhouse
  • Return the Compost Bin to (room)
  • Email Alex Clark ( with photos of composting occurring at your event. We need proof that you composted. Once you’ve sent pictures, you’ll be entered to win.
  • Complete these simple steps by March 15th and your club will be entered to win! Up to 20 clubs can win. All winners will receive $100 in their club budget for future events.

What’s composting?

At Bellevue College, we sort waste so food and other organic materials products can be broken down into fertile soil. In this way, we recycle what we throw away and provide a benefit to others. The graphic below demonstrates the composting cycle.


Composting cycles inforgraphic


Last Updated April 8, 2014