Composting at UCSB

composting flyer

UCSB offers a compost service for both pre and post consumer food scraps and BPI-certified compostable packaging. Compost receptacles are located at major dining facilities on-campus (The Arbor, Courtyard Café, Coral Tree Café, and Buchanan Hall) and other select locations. YELLOW (and occasionally green) is the designated color for compost at UCSB.

What Can I Compost?

 

Food Scraps

All food scraps can be accepted in the food scraps/ compost waste stream. Accepted items include:

  • Vegetables/fruits (including pits and seeds)
  • Dairy products
  • Meats and seafood (including bones and shells)
  • Breads, pasta, and grains
  • Coffee grounds and tea (including filters and bags)

Service Ware

(must be certified compostable)

Food service ware that is BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified compostable and meet the ASTM D-4600 standard are accepted in the food scraps/ compost waste stream. Examples of accepted items include:

  • BPI-certified compostable beverage bottles and bottle caps
  • Compostable plates, cups, and utensils
  • Compostable containers and clamshells

Paper Products

Paper products, both clean and soiled, can be placed in the food scraps/ compost waste stream. These items are often signified as "PLA 7." Accepted items include:

  • Soiled paper bags
  • Paper to-go boxes and pizza boxes
  • Waxed paper and cartons
  • Used tissues, paper towels & napkins

Compostable Bags

(must be certified compostable)

  • Compostable bags that are certified compostable and meet the ASTM D6400 standard are accepted in the food scraps/ compost waste stream.

Where Can I Compost?

 

Look For: compost bin

outdoor recycling bins
indoor compost receptacle