Grant brings compost bins to Linfield

Compost bins sit in the Linfield Community Garden south of Renshaw Hall. The bins exist thanks to the efforts by senior Katie Kann and junior Rachel Codd. They hope to expand campus composting efforts by putting 5-gallon buckets in the suburbs for residents to put their waste in. Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Compost bin for students to drop their kitchen and assorted wastes are now available in the Linfield Community Garden next to Renshaw Hall.
Student composting on campus began when senior Katie Kann and junior Rachel Codd applied for a sustainability grant in the fall of 2009.
The two received the grant in December 2009 and purchased the compost tumbler in February 2010.
“The whole reason why I’m doing this is to get people educated and involved,” Kann said.
Students can put coffee grounds, fruit, egg shells, vegetables, hair and lint in the compost bins.
Dairy products, meat bones and oil should not be placed in the bins.
Once the material fills the compost bins, it will be transported to the compost tumbler, which is located next to the garden shed.
The material will be mixed with dead plants and animal manure.
The compost tumbler is turned every other day and the material in the tumbler recycles and transforms into compost in two weeks.
“The heat and the turning do the trick” Kann said.
She is taking it upon herself to fill and turn the compost tumbler.
The composted material will be spread in the campus garden, from which any Linfield student, faculty and staff member can harvest produce.
“This garden is an example of that working,” Kann said, referring to the success of the composting process and how it has positively affected the growth of the garden.
Kann and Codd said they are working on getting the campus apartment complexes buckets with lids so that students can place their compost material inside them.
Once the 5-gallon buckets are full, students can transfer composted material into the garden bins.
Student composting not only makes Linfield a greener campus, but it keeps
material that could be composted out of the all ready over flowing landfills Kann said.
“Ideally all the food waste here would be composted, but that’s in the future” Codd said.
Contact Kann at for more information about composting or to learn how to receive a 5-gallon bucket for at-home compost storage.

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