Composting and Food Waste

Bowdoin has made a significant effort to decrease its food waste and increase composting options for students and campus operations. Both of our dining halls use accurate menu forecasting from a sophisticated food management software to match food production to usage. If over-production occurs, Dining works with students on an efficient delivery system to appropriate leftovers to local non-profit organizations. Dining also diverts pre- and post- consumer food scraps to both a local farm as animal feed and works with a local composting company to compost what the farm can't use, such as coffee grounds, unbleached paper napkins and citrus peels. 

We have also recently begun expanding composting options for the College Houses and are looking for opportunities to provide additional student residences with the resources needed to compost as well.

College House  "Green Cones"

College House "Green Cones"

Every College House has a green cone on their property where residences can compost most kitchen scraps. There are small collection bins in each house kitchen and residences are asked to empty the bins into the green cones as often as possible. The green cones cover a 3-5 foot hole in the ground allowing bugs, worms and natural decomposition to turn food directly into soil. Live in a College House and have questions about what to put in the green cones? Contact your House Eco-Rep!

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Dining Hall Food Waste

As of the fall of 2015 both Moulton Union Dining Hall and Thorne Dining Hall are working with We Compost It to compost their food waste. More information on this new program coming soon!

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