Composting on Pitt’s Campus

Everything you need to know about composting on Pitt’s campus!

You CAN compost on campus! Composting uses natural decomposition to turn organic waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for gardening.  Pitt sends its compost to an industrial compost facility. Pitt compost stations accept dairy products, meat, bones, bread and pastries, fruits, vegetables- any food stuff- even those not commonly accepted in backyard compost.

Materials that are compostable on campus include:

  • Food waste of any kind!
  • Coffee grounds
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins & tissues
  • BPI-certified compostable dinnerware, cups, and utensils
  • Shredded newspaper



The Pitt community can bring compostable materials at the following locations:

  • Every Day @ Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (153 Benedum)
  • Every Day @ Student Office of Sustainability (WPU 510)
  • Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. @ Schenley Cafe, William Pitt Union (by SubConnection)
  •  Seasonally @Pitt Farmer’s Market (Every Thursday during Market season)

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