Frequently Asked Questions
Will my compost bin start to smell and attract pests?
We believe that by removing your food waste from open trash cans and instead containing it in a lidded bin, you are less likely to encourage smells or attract pests.
We provide a large cart just outside your building (much like a household yard-debris cart), as well as small bins to use inside your department. This way, the indoor bin can be taken out as often as you see fit and the outdoor cart will be serviced once a week.
Where will my compost go?
The material will be processed at the Pacific Region Compost Facility,
located about 11 miles north of Corvallis. There it will be mixed with yard debris and wood waste and made into a product that can be purchased by local farms, nurserys or private individuals.
Why should we compost in our department?
Composting is a topic of growing interest throughout the country for several reasons. The landfills around the country are starting to fill up and become more and more expensive. Composting is a beneficial alternative to garbage and healthy for the environment. Compost your office’s food scraps instead of sending them to the landfill. Help make OSU a better place to live.
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