Composting Guide

By Tali Natter ’23 and Lauren Lynch ’23

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! Check out this guide 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


  • 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