Organics recycling at Keller Hall

As of July 27, 2020, organics recycling has been implemented at Keller Hall. This change will help move the University of Minnesota towards its goal of a 50% recycling rate.  

What is organics recycling?

Organics recycling is the process of turning organic material, such as food scraps, into compost. Compost is a soil-additive that improves soil quality and provides nutrients to plants.The following are items that can go in organics recycling:

  • All food and food scraps
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Paper towels, napkins and facial tissues
  • Pizza boxes from delivery 
  • Wooden stir sticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks
  • Certified compostable cups, bowls, plates, and utensils (look for the term "compostable" or a BPI logo to determine if a food service ware item should go in organics)

Where can I learn how to sort my waste at the U?

How should I separate waste at my desk?

For the average person, the majority of waste generated at their desk is recyclable. With this in mind, consider using a larger bin for recycling and a smaller bin for trash. These bins can be emptied as they fill up. Remember to separate cans & bottles from recyclable paper at the waste station if you're co-collecting recycling. Compostable items, such as banana peels, napkins, and tea bags, should be walked to a waste station throughout the day when it’s convenient.