Outdoor Compost Bins

Outdoor Compost Bins


Have you ever noticed large black plastic bins around the University of Guelph campus? Often located near buildings or greenery, these black plastic bins are our outdoor compost bins. 

These black outdoor bins play a vital role in helping capture food scraps from those passing by, nearby offices, and students living in residence as they act as a centralized collection location for food scraps. 

With assistance from microorganisms, the occasional addition of woodchips, and manual stirring, we can create what is known as compost. These bins allow for the natural decomposition of organic material and support the return of valuable nutrients to the soil. The food scraps in these bins require time and heat to mature. During the maturation process, water evaporates, and material volume decreases significantly. As a result, each composter has a remarkable capacity to divert food waste from landfill and convert it into dark, nutrient-rich soil. 



Outdoor Bins Care & Maintenance

The outdoor bins can be found throughout campus, as seen from the interactive map below. The bins are often conveniently placed near building entrances or walkways, allowing easy access from those passing by or composting nearby buildings. 

These outdoor bins are regularly cared for by our Compost Crew, which monitors for contamination, moisture, and volume levels. 

Our Compost Crew will also check for contamination in the bins. Any items that aren't compostable will be removed and disposed of properly to ensure the composting process can continue without the fear of having microplastics or other shreds of litter in the finished soil. 

If there is a large amount of moisture in the bins or any odour issues, wood chips are added, and the bins are regularly stirred to ensure the contents in the container are probably aerated. 

All compost bins come equipped with fitted metal screens to prevent our campus wildlife from making a snack out of the contents. 

Finally, if the bins are full, crew members will empty the contents into our green compost bins and prepare them for collection from the City of Guelph, where the contents will be finished in the municipality's composting facility. 


Have questions? 

Please contact the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Natalie nvasiliv@uoguelph.ca, or our Compost Crew leads, Sarah kurtz@uoguelph.ca or Emily erodden@uoguelph.ca

 

Outdoor Compost Bins

The outdoor bins can be found throughout campus, as seen from the interactive map below. The bins are often conveniently placed near building entrances or walkways, allowing easy access from those passing by or composting nearby buildings.