Composting Guide

Campus Guide for Recycling, Composting, Returning Reusables By Jacob Chen '23.5 (Click here for a full size version of this poster.)
by Jacob Chen ‘23.5 (Click here for a full size version of this poster.)

Have any questions about what you can compost in the dining halls and what you can’t?  As a general rule, all food is compostable, but many other items are not!

Yes – all food waste + to-go containers, utensils, coffee cups & lids from dining halls

No – Snack bags + wrappers, plastic cups, condiments.

Check out the guide below to find out what can be tossed with the compost and what can’t.




The compostable items below are those from dining halls (Mission, Whitman’s Driscoll, Lee Snack Bar, Grab N Go, ’82 Grill, EcoCafe)

  • All food
  • Coffee cups
  • Coffee cup lids
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Cutlery packaging
  • Wooden coffee stirrers
  • Take-out “clamshell” containers
  • Chopsticks
  • Tea bags
  • Straws (from the dining halls)
  • Paper bags
  • Grab ‘n Go sandwich wrapper
  • Single-use salt & pepper packets
  • Paper towels


  • Plastic wrappers (from crackers, etc.)
  • Sugar, Sweet N Low, Equal packets
  • Chip Bags
  • Single-Use Condiment packets
  • Granola and protein bar wrappers
  • Vegan Sliced Cheese Wrappers
  • Individual yogurt cups (the cups are recyclable)
  • Individual soy milk cartons

To learn about recycling, please visit the Campus Recycling Guide.