Composting on campus helps local pigs, farms

Guess what?

Composting on campus continues with the residence halls!

There are currently 13 halls with brand new compost buckets.

We’re making strides with composting at the football games, the garden and Dillin Hall as well.

If you didn’t already know, Dillin Hall’s pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste is picked up by a pig farmer and fed to pigs on a local farm.

Since the food is sent to a pig farm, all types of food scraps are acceptable, but compostable containers and napkins are not.

Just think, what could I feed a pig? And compost accordingly.

At the Linfield Community Garden, composting is a little different.

The compost is made in a large tumbler and is used directly in the garden.

The garden compost can take fruits, vegetables and some fibrous materials such as paper or yard debris, but cannot take meat or dairy products.

The new compost bins around campus and the bins in the residence halls follow the same rules as Dillin Hall and all food is acceptable.

Grover Hall is off to a great start according to freshman Alaire Hughey, Grover Hall’s green chair.

“It’s been less than a week since we set up the bins and there is already a substantial amount of food scraps just waiting to be eaten by some adorable

pigs,” Hughey said.

This is an exciting time for Linfield because sustainable efforts are becoming increasingly more visible on campus.

This year is also a fresh start for the green chair positions in each hall.

They play an active role on campus this year by having bi-monthly meetings to focus on goals and projects for the upcoming months.

This week will mark the first week that each green chair has a compost bin to care for.

Every week, they are responsible for emptying the compost.

Knowledge about composting varies among people and awareness is growing.

Now that you have a little more information, you can take advantage of all the composting opportunities because it is all around us.

Let’s work together as a campus and continue towards Zero Waste.

This weekend at the homecoming football games, please use the recycling and composting facilities available and say hi to the Green Team volunteers.

Last, but not least, don’t forget to check out Linfield Sustainability on Facebook for weekly updates!

Nicole Lewis / Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability can be reached at sustainability@linfield.edu.